Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 337 - Yemen War Mosaic 337

Yemen Press Reader 337: Hisham Al-Omeisy verschleppt – Jemenkrieg Bonanza für US-, UK- Waffenhändler – UN-Bericht – Aden: Aktivistin bedroht – Krieg und Kunst – Konflikt wischen Houthis u. Saleh
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Hisham Al-Omeisy abducted and detained – War in Yemen a Bonanza for U.S. and U.K Arms Merchants Confidential UN report– Aden: Women activist threatened – Ahmed Jahaf: Yemen war and art – Growing tensions and conflict between Houthis and Saleh party – Saudi Arabia: Hajj quota and more

Schwerpunkte / Key aspects

Klassifizierung / Classification

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

cp1a Cholera

cp2 Allgemein / General

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche/ UN and peace talks

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

cp9 USA

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

cp15 Propaganda

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

Klassifizierung / Classification

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(Kein Stern / No star)

A = Aktuell / Current news

B = Hintergrund / Background

C = Chronik / Chronicle

D = Details

E = Wirtschaft / Economy

H = Humanitäre Fragen / Humanitarian questions

K = Krieg / War

P = Politik / Politics

PH = Pro-Houthi

PS = Pro-Saudi

T = Terrorismus / Terrorism

cp1 Am wichtigsten / Most important

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Konflikt zwischen Houthis und Saleh: cp5 / Houthi-Saleh tensions: cp5

Hajj quota: cp8

18.8.2017 – CBC Radio (** A P)

Outspoken Yemeni activist Hisham Al-Omeisy abducted and detained by Houthi forces

Iona Craig is a journalist and a friend of Al-Omeisy. As It Happens guest host Mike Finnerty spoke with Craig about Al-Omeisy's abduction.

Here is part of their conversation.

I heard about it on the day actually, on Aug. 14, that he'd been taken, essentially off the street, when he was driving through part of Sanaa, near his home. He was pulled over by three vehicles filled with armed men. It wasn't clear at that stage who they were but he was taken away by those men along with his driver. And it later transpired, his family was informed that he was arrested, essentially, by the National Security Bureau, which is one of Yemen's intelligence agencies.

The National Security Bureau is controlled jointly by the Houthis, who are in control of the capital, Sanaa, along with those loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. They have a facility that includes a prison in the capital, Sanaa. It's not a hundred per cent clear that he's being held in that facility but we do know that he is being held by the NSB, so I think it can be assumed that he is in that facility. The NSB have a reputation for not treating their prisoners well. They are known for beating and torturing prisoners so that's the serious concern at the moment — it's for Hisham's welfare.

Is there any indication, based on past experience, how long they tend to hold people that they may be mistreating or intimidating, or for whatever reason they are holding them?

No. It tends to be indefinite, really. Certainly since the civil war has begun, often particularly with somebody who is high profile and well-known like Hisham, their detention can become very politicised and they are used as a kind of bargaining chip in negotiations. So yes, the concern is that he may held for a long time, for many months, before he is released.

I know Hisham — he told me himself — had been interrogated by the Houthi-Saleh forces before and that's because he is very outspoken. There's a general sense of paranoia in Sana'a anyway. Anybody who speaks out, particularly to the international media, as Hisham has done, and is an English speaker, there's a lot of suspicion. People are very quick to accuse people of being spies. Most activists and even independent journalists left any of the territory that was controlled by the Houthis because they were being persecuted.

Hisham was one of very few people who stuck around in Sanaa to speak out and continue giving a voice to all Yemenis, really, on all sides of the conflict. He was very good at providing analysis as well as just giving a very human side and betrayal of the war. He regularly posted pictures on social media on what life was like for him and his family and the struggles they faced during the time of conflict. And really he was providing a window, a very rare window, into that life on a daily basis for the English-speaking world. (with audio)

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.4201424/outspoken-yemeni-activist-hisham-al-omeisy-abducted-and-detained-by-houthi-forces-1.4201426

21.8.2017 – The American Conservative (** B K P)

War in Yemen a Bonanza for U.S. and U.K Arms Merchants

Is this why Saudi allies won't help stop the war?

In a recent article for the British think tank Chatham House, Peter Salisbury argues that the war in Yemen is dragging on because various Yemeni factions are making money from the war. Salisbury argues that tribal militias, Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and Yemen’s largely discredited government in exile are all financial beneficiaries. This, to varying degrees, is no doubt true. However, in Salisbury’s article there is no discussion of the role of the U.S. and the UK in the war in Yemen. Nor is there any mention of the arms manufacturers in both countries who are happily supplying many of the weapons used by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to devastate a country of 25 million.

Salisbury poses the question, seemingly to Yemenis: “but big money is being made and if the war ends the money stops. So why stop now?”

To say the very least, this is a disservice to the millions of Yemenis, including many of those serving in these profit-making militias, who want nothing more than the cessation of hostilities and a return to relative normalcy. Most simply want to be able to feed their families and send their children to school sure in the knowledge that they will not be shot by a sniper or be incinerated by a U.S. or UK manufactured smart bomb dropped by a Saudi jet.

Yemeni politicians are by no means blameless.

The war in Yemen is, like the country itself, incredibly complex and divisions run deep. But if there was a genuine interest on the part of Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and the UK to end the conflict, Yemen’s numerous warring parties—apart from AQAP—would likely respond. There is a rich history of negotiated settlements in Yemen and it has a culture that prioritizes and respects de-escalation.

Rather than focusing on the relatively minuscule profits made by some factions in Yemen, the billions being made by arms manufacturers are surely more worthy of examination as a driver of conflict in Yemen and further afield. It is worth remembering the venerable and ever-more prescient words of Major General Smedley Butler: “war is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” Perhaps Salisbury’s own question, “so why stop now?” should be directed to those opportunists who are making not a few million dollars—but rather billions—off the war in Yemen – by Michael Horton

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/war-in-yemen-a-bonanza-for-u-s-and-u-k-arms-merchants/

20.8.2017 – RT (** B K P)

Jemen: Vertraulicher UN-Bericht zeigt Scheitern und Kriegsverbrechen der Saudi-geführten Koalition

Während Saudi-Arabien die militärischen Fortschritte im Krieg im Jemen betont, zeugt ein neuer UN-Bericht vom Gegenteil. Vermehrte Luftangriffe mithilfe von US-Kampfflugzeugen und Drohnen führten lediglich zu stärkerer Feindseligkeit wegen der hohen Anzahl ziviler Opfer.

Die militärische Vormacht hat die Saudi-geführte Koalition jedoch nicht ihrem Ziel näher gebracht, sondern die politische Fragmentierung des Jemen vertieft, die humanitäre Krise signifikant verschärft und damit vor allem Feindseligkeit im Land durch die hohe Anzahl ziviler Opfer auf sich gezogen.

Während der Einfluss von Hadis Regierung bereits in vielen Teilen des Landes schwach war, ist sie im vergangenen Jahr maßgeblich weiter erodiert. Dermaßen, dass die Experten des Sicherheitsrates Zweifel an der Regierungsfähigkeit Hadis auch in Bezug auf die acht von ihm verwalteten Regierungsbezirke äußern.

Als Illustration der eingeschränkten Loyalität gegenüber dem seitens der Koalition unterstützen Präsidenten Hadi führt der Bericht den misslungenen Versuch der Übernahme des Flughafens von Aden im April diesen Jahres an.

Weitere Gruppen mit Unterstützung aus der Angriffskoalition haben sich abgespalten und eigene bewaffnete Milizen gegründet.

https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/56012-jemen-vertraulicher-un-bericht-zeigt-kriegsverbrechen-verluste/

21.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B K P)

Saudi allies 'hide behind veil of coalition' to escape Yemen crimes

UN report says members of Saudi coalition shield themselves from responsibility for campaign that has little tactical impact on war

Members of the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen are hiding behind the broad 'coalition' name, effectively shielding themselves from responsibility for violating international law, states a leaked UN report seen by Middle East Eye.

The confidential report, drafted by a UN panel, says that under international humanitarian law, "Member states are ultimately responsible for all acts committed by individuals of their armed forces, while operating as part of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition".

"Yet, some individual member states of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition seek to hide behind 'the entity' of the coalition to shield themselves from state responsibility for violations committed by their forces.

"Attempts to 'divert' responsibility in this manner from individual states to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition may contribute to further violations occurring with impunity."

The war has led to a proliferation of armed militias on both sides, the new report says, allowing the governments of Yemen and the UAE to "both deny having de facto control over forces that commit violations."

This creates "a verifiable accountability gap for grave violations that may amount to war crimes".

Many of militia groups "receive direct funding and aid from either Saudi Arabia or the UAE", the report adds, saying that these groups are challenging the authority of the "legitimate government" of President Abd Rabbuh Hadi.

"Although fighting a common enemy in the Houthi-Saleh alliance," the report states "the potential for internal divisions and infighting is ever present. The effect of all this has been to fracture Hadi's base of support even further.

"The ability of the legitimate government to effectively govern the eight governorates it claims to control is now in doubt."

Supporting recent claims made by Human Rights Watch, the report says that the panel has "credible information that the UAE forces have forcibly disappeared two individuals in Aden for over eight months."

From a military perspective, the report offers a damning assessment of Operation Decisive Storm, launched in March 2015, and led by one of the strongest armies in the world.

"The Saudi Arabia-led coalition strategic air campaign continues to have little operational or tactical impact on the ground, and is only serving to stiffen civilian resistance."

But the Houthi-Saleh alliance's ability to fend off any advances may soon be pushed to the limit, the report says, stating that contrary to Houthi claims, the rebels are not producing their own missiles, and "they will eventually deplete their limited stock of missiles, and this campaign will then end unless they are resupplied from external sources." – by Olivia Alabaster

www.middleeasteye.net/news/un-panel-says-saudi-led-coalition-members-shirking-responsibility-crimes-yemen-1078576272

and related to the same UN report:

21.8.2017 – Middle East Monitor (** B K P T)

The UAE has supported the spread of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, alleges UN report

A UN report by a group of experts belonging to the International Sanctions Committee against Yemen has confirmed the support provided by the United Arab Emirates for armed groups and its involvement in illegal detention and enforced disappearances in the war-torn country. The document has also revealed that, according to some reliable sources, UAE forces have been forcibly detaining two people in Aden for more than 8 months.

The report – a copy of which has been obtained by Al-Jazeera – speaks of the spread of militias and armed groups operating outside the control of the legitimate government which have been receiving direct funding and assistance from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It points out that one of those groups in Taiz is led by someone called Abu Al-Abbas (Al-Salafi) and is funded by the UAE. These groups have been unwilling to join the Yemeni army. In addition, groups such as the Special Hadhramout Brigade and the forces of the “Security Belt” that are funded and supported by the UAE do not abide by the laws and authority of the legitimate government.

The document added that the conflict in Taiz made Abu Al-Abbas, who is supported directly by the UAE, even more influential. As part of his conflict with the Houthis, he has given free rein to members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to spread inside Taiz in order to back his forces and restrict the political and military influence of the Islah Party.

The details of the report have been kept secret by members of the UN Security Council ever since they received it earlier this month.

It has been pointed out that the authority of the legitimate government is either weak or non-existent in large parts of Yemen, especially after the creation of a political council in the south that counterbalances the official authorities.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170821-the-uae-has-supported-the-spread-of-al-qaeda-in-yemen-alleges-un-report/

21.8.2017 – Aljazeera (* B K P T)

Film: UN accuses Saudi, UAE of funding armed groups in Yemen

A confidential report by the United Nations accuses Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of financing armed groups in Yemen. It also accuses all parties of violating international humanitarian laws in a war that has killed thousands of people and devastated the country.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/08/accuses-saudi-uae-funding-armed-groups-yemen-170821163421468.html

20.8.2017 – Aljazeera (* B K P)

Film: Inside Story - Is the Saudi-led coalition failing in Yemen?

A new confidential UN report says after nearly two-and-a-half years of military campaign in Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition is 'no closer' to achieving its objective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPGl0EdzIto

21.8.2017 – Eurasian Review (* A P)

UN Helpless While ‘Death Looms For Yemenis’ – Analysis

The United Nations is apparently incapable of pushing for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict plaguing Yemen

The UN’s helplessness was underlined during a Security Council meeting in New York on August 18, when the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said: “Death looms for Yemenis by air, land and sea.”

Every day spent without serious action means more destruction and death, he said, as well as the spread of terrorist groups.

The UN has organised three rounds of peace talks.

The government headed by President Hadi says the political process can only proceed if UN Security Council resolution 2216, which calls for the rebels to withdraw from all areas they control and lay down their arms, is fully implemented.

But reports say that Hadi is on the ropes.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/22082017-un-helpless-while-death-looms-for-yemenis-analysis/

My comment: This article stays at the surface. The headline “Un helpless” hits the spot – but why this is the case? The author does not try to tell. It’ mainly because the UN depends on the most evil rogue states, which push and blackmail it: Saudi Arabia and the US.

21.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B P)

Yemeni woman activist refuses to give up following death threats

Human rights lawyer Huda al-Sarari says she fears for her life after denouncing torture in secret prisons in Aden

Huda al-Sarari was called a liar, a mercenary and even a “whore” on social media, during a vicious online campaign against the Yemeni human rights lawyer.

Her ordeal began in June after she spoke out against torture in secret prisons allegedly run by the United Arab Emirates in Aden.

Sarari, who documented the abuses during an investigation and spoke about it to the media, said that her phone was stolen from her home, her car was attacked and she received death threats following the campaign.

“I was afraid to leave my house or speak to media for more than a month,” Sarari told Middle East Eye. “But now, I want the word out, at least, about the dreadful experience [human rights activists have to] bear."

The defamation campaign against Sarari started in June on social media, after Human Rights Watch and the Associated Press published two separate investigations accusing the UAE of running secret prisons in Yemen, where many people were reportedly tortured and abused.

She is one of the rights lawyers who documented the testimonies of torture victims held in the secret prisons and delivered them to HRW. She also gave interviews regarding her findings on several prominent media outlets after the reports came out.

Multiple sources, including Yemeni government officials, have reported the existence of a number of informal detention centres and prisons in Aden and Hadramawt, including at least two run by the UAE and others run by UAE-backed Yemeni security forces.

The Emergency Committee for Civil Society Organisations in Aden condemned the acts of defamation against Sarari and her family in a statement which spread on social media following the smear campaign.

“The objective of this [campaign] is to reduce any efforts to defend human rights,” the statement said.

One day after the online attacks started on 23 June,Sarari and her family said they began to receive death threats.

Sarari was disturbed by the posts, which she said were very personal and attacked her husband and children, while identifying where they lived and even the car she drove.

Her family was terrified when the social media campaign gained momentum.

According to the HRW report, the court system in Aden is largely not functioning because of the war. Although the prosecutor’s office continues to issue release orders for people, these orders are ignored by security forces controlling the area.

As a result, Sarari has found it futile to report threats against her to the prosecution and seek protection.

"There is no chance to report threats today to the attorney general like we used to before, as it has been out of commission, impacted by the general instability," she said.

According to local reports, there have been other instances where female activists have been subjected to similar online campaigns, like Radhya al-Mutawakel, who heads Mwatana, a human rights group based in Sanaa.

In March, she was one of the speakers who addressed human rights violations in Yemen at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. She said that all parties in Yemen were committing human rights violations including the Houthi rebel group and the Saudi-led coalition.

The Yemeni embassy in Washington sent a letter trying to discourage congressional aides from attending the briefing in Washington. The embassy accused local speakers, including al-Mutawakel, of having a political “agenda” tied to Houthi rebels fighting against the government of President Abdu Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. The claim was denied by the event's organisers.

Sarari said it was up the main parties in the war, including the Yemeni government and the UAE, to restrain the armed groups and protect rights workers, especially women – by Afrah Nasser

http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/being-activist-yemeni-women-i-have-ignore-threats-and-get-again-1573334013

2017 – Ahmed Jahaf (** B K P)

THE WAR IN YEMEN EXPLAINED WITH ART

Ahmed Jahaf, 28 years old, graphic designer, artist who inspired his artwork by the war and lives under bombardment & blockade in Sana’a the capital of Yemen

I am inspired by children, by their words about the war and the fear in their eyes. So most of my artworks was concerned only with the suffering of children in war, I made images against the war because I wanted to show the world what’s happening in Yemen. I feel that pictures deliver the message to others faster, I designed more than 1000 arts & motion graphics since March until now. Art has become a talent for me because of the war, the fear, and the suffering. In my artworks there is only two words : “WAR & PEACE,” and I’m just trying to show the ugliness of war, this is what happens by war while the world is watching in silence. This is my way to to protest against the injustice of this forgotten war and for peace.”

My artworks also focuses on the countries who seals arms to Saudi Arabia like US and UK, the economic situation in Yemen, and the war on ISIS.

For more than 2 years & half on war on Yemen, too much pain but i still trying to be optimistic and i created some positive arts about the future of Yemen, whatever happens we will be optimistic and looking for peace & hope for our children. In any war peace must be in the end and i hope this will come very soon.

art in war, art in spite of war, art because of war o, art against war

Art is Resistance
For more artworks you can follow me on Twitter @a7medja7af (images)

http://ajahaf.com/art-of-war/

cp1a Am wichtigsten: Cholera / Most important: Cholera

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20.8.2017 – World Health Organization (* A H)

537.322 cases, 2.000 deaths, 96 % governorates and 90 % of districts affected

Yemen: Electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) Cholera Response Daily Epidemiological Update 2017-08-20

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/yemen-electronic-disease-early-warning-system-edews-cholera-response-daily-5 and in full http://www.emro.who.int/images/stories/Yemen_Cholera_Response_-_Daily_Epidemiological_Update_-_2017-08-20.pdf

20.8.2017 - World Health Organization (* A H)

Map: Y emen: Cholera Suspected Cases (From 27 April - 20 August 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-suspected-cases-27-april-20-august-2017 and in full: https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/200817_suspectedcases_eoc_color.pdf

and Aug. 19: http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/yemen-cholera-attack-rate-population-27-april-19-august-2017

21.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (* A H)

Cholera invades the area of the "Kadirra" with a boulder and records the first death and injury of others

Local sources in the district of Alkdira and the Directorate of Mudaraba and Ras Al-Ara province of Lahj reported the death of the first case of Lupa cholera and the transfer and ambulance of other injured to the medical complex in Kharaz refugee camp.

The same sources reported the outbreak of cholera in many areas of the Subaiha since the past months, leaving dozens of deaths from the people of the Directorate.

http://alomanaa.net/news61878.html

18.8.2017 – WHO (* B H)

Film: Meet Norhan, 18, who is volunteering to raise awareness about #cholera prevention among communities at Sanaa

https://www.facebook.com/WHOYemen/videos/1956784137942518/

cp2 Allgemein / General

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21.8.2017 – The American Conservative (* B K P)

The Disgraceful, Failed War on Yemen

Colum Lynch reports on the the failed Saudi-led war on Yemen.

The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen is a failure on its own terms, but it is important to remember that it would be an indefensible war even if it had been more successful. The coalition’s stated goals of restoring Hadi to power and driving Houthis from the capital remain as unrealistic as ever, but they were lousy reasons for a military intervention in the first place. Over two years later, even members of the coalition are now working against their intended puppet, and the “legitimate” government has little or no control in the south.

It has been obvious for quite some time that the “legitimate” government of Yemen doesn’t and cannot govern any part of Yemen, but the coalition has no business trying to govern Yemen in its place. The intervention has been and remains wholly illegitimate, and in its devastating effects on the civilian population it has proven to be one of the most destructive and senseless military interventions of our time. It is to the enduring shame of the U.S. and the coalition’s other Western backers that our governments have made such a disgraceful intervention possible – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-disgraceful-failed-war-on-yemen/

21.8.2017 – Aljazeera (* B K P)

Elisabeth Kendall on al-Jazeera News (21 Aug 2017)

Yemen war: stalemate, prospects for peace, impact on militant jihadist groups

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FLoJRxVgM4

21.8.2017 – New News (* A P)

Saudi-led Coalition Bans Ships of Entering Ras Easa Port

Alhodeida province:

The aggression coalition continues preventing ships loaded with oil to pass through Raas Easa port.
A Source at the Red Sea Establishment told NewNews that ” for more than 15 days , coalition force has impounded several of oil ships in the sea”.

The source added, that these obstructs stand on the way of accessing gas supplies to Yemen

http://newnewss.net/?p=10362

20.8.2017 – New News (A K P)

Sana’a International Airport works according to International Standards

The General Authority of Civil Aviation and Meteorology confirmed that Sana’a International Airport has been working with its official staff since 2013 and is managed by qualified technical staff.

The Commission was surprised by the recent statements regarding the management of the airport by non-officials, and denied this in totality.

The official spokesman of the Authority, Dr. Mazen Ahmed Ghanem, told Saba that the airport operates according to the conditions and standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is one of the international organizations of the United Nations.

He also confirmed the readiness of the airport from all technical, security and safety aspects to receive flights at any time.

http://newnewss.net/?p=10259

20.8.2017 – New News (* A E P)

Source of Gas Company for Saba: Safer Department controlled by mercenaries

Yemen Gas Company confirmed that the Safer circle controlled by the mercenaries of the Saudi American aggression stopped the supply of the company’s stations in Sana’a, Amran, Hodeidah, Dhamar and Saada since early November 2016 with the aim of imposing an economic war on the citizen by raising the price of domestic gas cylinder on the black market.
An official source in the Yemen Gas Company said in a statement quoted by the Saba news agency that the Safer Department, which is controlled by the Aggression Aggression of the General Administration in Sana’a, distributes 80 percent of its daily production to all governorates without any population bases. With the collection of sums paid for each trailer of mercenary aggression within the circle of saffron.
The source pointed out that the remaining 20 percent of the production of the Safer circle is distributed to legal figures who are carrying out the aggression in the governorates of Marib, Al-Jouf, Shabwa, Hadramout, Abyan and others, so as to increase the wealth of the steadfast citizen in the face of aggression.
The source pointed out that the public administration in Sana’a is facilitating the passage of gas trailers to the governorates that reach through the lines controlled by mercenaries aggression to reach the gas cylinder for the citizen, despite the mercenaries of the aggression imposed the collection of additional funds for gas trailers in the lines of Marib –
The source stressed the keenness of the General Directorate of Yemen Gas Company on the arrival of gas cylinders to citizens in all governorates of the Republic without exception, as the company bears the responsibility to deliver gas to citizens in any province, despite the mercenaries in the Saffr Department trying to stop the company’s activity in public administration through Stop the supply of the company’s stations and the lack of flow of data and information between Safer Department and the public administration.

http://newnewss.net/?p=10261

20.8.2017 – Nawal Al-Maghafi (B K)

Leaked #UN PoE report: #Houthi-#Saleh missile campaign against #Saudi continues, but at half th level of 2016.

https://twitter.com/BBCNawalMaghafi/status/899228433741484032

#UN PoE report:The #Houthis hav now admitted that they r using repaired or modified missiles damaged by the #Saudi Arabia-led air campaign.

https://twitter.com/BBCNawalMaghafi/status/899228707050725376

17.8.2017 – Antimedia (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia Is Destroying an Entire Country — and the US Is Helping Them Do It

Anti-Media has put together a list of three points to explain why the current slaughter of Yemen cannot and should not be justified or supported in legal or moral terms.

People die in war — so it’s okay

In any war, the duty is on the state party conducting the war to take precautions to avoid civilian loss of life. This entails that only military targets should be pursued and that civilian targets are a huge no-no (ideally). Yet Saudi Arabia directly, routinely targets civilian infrastructure.

This is not a case of ‘People die in war, anyway, so let’s keep doing it.’ People are dying because they are directly being bombed on purpose as part of a violent strategy to cripple Yemen and bring it to its knees, not because they are accidentally getting in the way of military targets.

Further, the decision to launch a war needs a legal basis. This is why you don’t see New Zealand bombing Fiji; most countries understand this basic premise. Wars are, generally speaking, only permissible in instances of self-defense or if otherwise sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council. This blatant war of aggression against Yemen has no U.N. mandate whatsoever.

However, the biggest issue with the rationale that people die in war anyway is the implication that this particular war is necessary and/or legal to begin with. As it turns out, this is not the case.

This is Saudi Arabia’s war; it has nothing to do with us

The United States and the United Kingdom have primarily facilitated this war since its inception. U.S. and U.K. officers sit in the command and control center to provide assistance with Saudi air strikes. They have access to lists of targets and provide airborne fuel tankers and thousands of advanced munitions. As Anti-Media further explained in January:

This is Iran’s fault

Despite official propaganda, Iran has very little to do with this conflict.

Conclusion

In summary, this war is not just, has virtually no legal basis, and is wreaking absolute havoc on the people of Yemen (the Arab world’s poorest country). The World Health Organization (WHO) just announced that the number of people suffering from cholera in Yemen has jumped to 500,000 – and nobody is doing anything worthwhile to help contain this problem.

The U.S. and its allies are directly responsible for enabling this war and its unnecessary violence, and Iran’s culpability for this catastrophe is close to minimal.

Despite this, anyone would be hard pressed to find a mainstream media outlet that would admit all of the above, especially one that would regularly denounce and question the policies that have lead to this humanitarian catastrophe – by Darius Shahtahmasebi

http://theantimedia.org/saudi-arabia-destroying-entire-country/

cp3 Humanitäre Lage / Humanitarian situation

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21.8.2017 – UNICEF (* B H)

Y emen is broke, and broken

It is exhausting. Crisis after crisis. Disaster after disaster.

The need is neverending, and the funding requirements enormous. You could be forgiven for thinking it is all too much to cope with.

Every day we see the very worst of what people can do to one another, and the very worst conditions that people are forced to survive in.

Right now, Yemen has it worse than almost anywhere on the planet.

At least one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen, due to preventable causes. And with no clean water, more children are getting sick each day.

But, in comparison to devastating floods in Nepal, or fatal mudslides in Sierra Leone, in Yemen, we can do something to prevent deaths occurring in the first place.

Yemen is broke, and broken.

And when water and sanitation goes, cholera is never far away. It is a disease more commonly seen the the middle ages than in the 21st century.

There is a terrible cycle that takes place in situations like this. Malnutrition makes children more susceptible to cholera; diseases create more malnutrition.

These children don't need much. They need water. They need food. They need medicine.

This is how we can help. Children don't need to be caught up in this war. They don't need to starve. We don't need to accept the deadly presence of a disease that belongs in another century. And there is never a time that we can stand by and abandon those children.

This is not the time to give up – by LACHLAN FORSYTH

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/96010516/.html

21.8.2017 – Oxfam (* B H)

Crisis in Yemen

Yemen is on the brink of famine after two years of devastating conflict. So far thousands of people have been killed and over 3 million forced to flee their homes. More than half of the country is without enough to eat. We are delivering emergency aid but we urgently need your help to do more.

A brutal and devastating conflict

The specter of famine

Our response

Donate via Oxfam Germany

https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/crisis-yemen and film: https://twitter.com/Oxfam/status/899693183386488833

21.8.2017 – World Food Programme (A H)

Map: UNHRD Operations Update - Response to the Crisis in Yemen, as of 21 Aug 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/unhrd-operations-update-response-crisis-yemen-21-aug-2017

20.8.2017 – Human Needs Development (A H)

Tens of food packages were distributed on Saturday to tens of the "most hungriest families" in the capital of Yemen, Sana'a. Families are so happy and grateful for our donors from Australia and US.
There are 8 million people in Yemen facing famine and 600,000 children are acutely malnourished by war. Yemeni people still in a dire need for your help. Without your support, we will not be able to feed them. (photos9

https://www.facebook.com/HNDngoYE/posts/880050212146447 = https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1473712356015123

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

26.8.2017 – UN Children's Fund (A H)

Map: Nutrition Cluster: GAM Rate Classification (as of 26 July 2017)

http://reliefweb.int/map/yemen/nutrition-cluster-gam-rate-classification-26-july-2017 and in full https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/system/files/documents/files/nutrition_cluster_gam_rate_as_26_july_2017.pdf

cp5 Nordjemen und Huthis / Northern Yemen and Houthis

22.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (* A P)

Ex-Yemeni president stresses unity with Houthis against Saudi-led war

Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh says he will continue to cooperate with the Houthi Ansarullah movement in the country to counter the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Saleh also said on Monday that Saudi Arabia had been targeting Yemen’s sovereignty and independence with the military campaign, the Lebanon-based Al Mayadeen TV channel reported.

He also emphasized that the Yemeni nation would not surrender or accept any parties’ dictates.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/22/532506/Yemen-Abdullah-Saleh-continued-Houthi-alliance

My comment: It’s obvious that the Saleh party is behaving more defensive and wants to keep up the alliance with the Houthis, while the Houthis behave much more aggressive and think they could topple the former alliance and substitute it by a Houthi dominated system with the Saleh faction and army just as dependants. This hardly will work – and just will be another example of Houthi suicidal policy.

21.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

The so called "Grand Bargain" allegedly designed by UAE-US to hand transition power to Saleh's son is behind that tension.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899503014951702528

Tension between Saleh & Houthi supporters gradually being eased as coordination between seniors continue.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899503053669363712

Tensions fading away between Houthi & Saleh supporters, after leaders public out-speaking & meetings of reassurances exchange.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899634413977382912

We r sticking to partnership with (Houthi) against aggression&spoilers,said Yemen ex-president Saleh in meeting with his partyNSanaa2day

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899646714281287682

Yemen ex-President and Houthi top leader agreed to stop media wrangles & war of words, focus on fighting US-backed Saudi invaders.

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899666609387786240

But it must be doubted whether these efforts will be successful, look at following reports:

21.8.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Houthis prevents Houthi leader from entering Sana'a

A senior leader of the General People's Congress Zaid Abu Ali was prevented from entering the capital Sana'a hours after the leader of the Houthi Movement Abulmalik al-Houthi delivered a speech.

Local sources affirmed that Abu Ali was forced to return to his birthplace in al-Taweelah of al-Mahweet.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-9577

Remark: The headline is not correct; he is a GPC (Saleh party) leader.

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (** A P)

To prevent the entry of supporters of the conference and thwart the effectiveness of the Thursday with the seven - Houthis set up camps at the entrances to Sanaa and mobilize hundreds of gunmen from Saada

Houthi militias set up armed camps and mobilized hundreds of tribal militants at the entrances to the capital,Sana'a , in response to a call by the group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi to protect the city and prevent the entry of followers of the deposed president who accused him of treason and alliance with Saudi Arabia .

Houthi media reported pictures of hundreds of tribal militants gathered in Saada province and marched to the entrance to the capital Sana'a in a similar scene to the one that preceded the invasion of the capital and the Yemeni cities in 2014.

According to media sources close to the Houthis, the group began to set up new camps and checkpoints at the four entrances to Sana'a, in the context of the strict security arrangements taken by the group to prevent its ousted ally from taking control of the city and rallying loyalists under the pretext of celebrating the anniversary of the conference next Thursday, Which the Huthis reject and consider its timing inappropriate.

The Houthi channel broadcast scenes of tribal militants, who said they had gathered in the districts of Saada in preparation for the march to the capital Sana'a in response to the call launched by rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi in his last speech yesterday.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282962

Remark: The party of ex-president Saleh (GPC) had called for a great rally at Sanaa on Aug. 24 to celebrate its 35. anniversary.

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (** A P)

Houthis officially deny any new deal with Saleh and his party and invite their supporters

Saif al -Houthis officially deny any new agreement with Saleh and his party and invite their supporters

The Houthis have just officially denied any new deal with the former president and his party after the row between the two sides escalated following successive speeches by the leaders of the first row on both sides.

A spokesman for the Huthi group, "Mohammed Abdul Salam al-Houthi, " it is clear to any political agreement. "

"There is no agreement on the events of the second of Dhu al-Hijjah at the entrances to the capital Sana'a .

He said, "Abdul Salam" that everything published about an agreement with the conference just rumors, no more, calling what Houthi "All the rebels" free to not deal with.

Al-Houthi also quoted a source in the revolutionary committee as saying that "the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, along with all the rebels, is continuing to mobilize the convoys of tender to the yards of sit-ins.

He said, "Houthi," he calls all the supporters of the group eager to come out and rally seriously, by giving generously generous men and money and equipment.

"We hope that the General People's Congress will move to the right direction of confronting what is described as" aggression "and supporting the fronts, as this was agreed upon in the government program, which was carried out in partnership with all, Houthi claimed.

The two sides agreed on a new mechanism to organize the parties' rallies on Thursday.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282501

My comment: It really looks like the Houthis want to destroy their alliance with the Saleh party – which also would mean that their alliance with the Yemeni army loyal to Saleh would come to an end. What also the following report is showing:

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Violent clashes south of capital Sanaa

Local sources confirmed in the capital Sanaa that clashes erupted shortly before the arrival of the province of al- Baidah and members of the Houthi group at a point on the southern entrance to the capital.

The sources told " the Yemeni scene " that violent clashes took place between the elements of a point belonging to the militias Houthi in the area of ​​Gehazah and a number of arrivals from the province of white to participate in the rally of the 70, which is held by the General People's Congress Party tomorrow in the field of the seventy.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282880

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Houthis raise banners with charges of the Congress Party As the August 24 event approaches

Al- Houthi group has raised banners with accusations of the General People's Congress (GPC), against the background of the latter's continuation in the rally to establish the foundation activity in the capital Sana'a on 24 August.

The banners included calls to confront the escalating escalation, and described the former president and his party leaders as "suspects".

The banners also included accusations of the conference of working to implement the objectives of what they described as "aggression." (photos)

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282965

21.8.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Media: Armed clashes b/n the Republican Guard & #Houthis in #Sanaa; rebels minister, Thiab Ben Meili, leads a reconciliation!

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/899370412731191297

20.8.2017 – Living in Yemen etc. (A P)

Local media is spreading fake news of clashes at (a generic) 'entrance to Sanaa' between the army and Houthi forces who are supposedly not allowing the army to enter the capital.

This is how you fuel and instigate the beginning of a civil war which no one wants

https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1473740942678931

The following events in chronological order, i. e. Saleh’s answer to Houthi’s speech to be found below.

21.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A P)

Tensions are rising between former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the al Houthi movement. Al Houthi movement leader Abdul Malik al Houthi accused Saleh of making treasonous deals with the Saudi-led coalition during a speech on August 19. He also accused Saleh loyalists of shirking their responsibilities on the frontline. Saleh denied the accusations and criticized the al Houthi movement for dominating government structures and failing to distribute salaries to civil servants during a broadcast on August 20. Al Houthi loyalists destroyed posters of Saleh in Sana’a city. Saleh’s supporters responded by defacing al Houthi movement posters on August 20. [1]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-21-2017

20.8.2017 – Xinhua (** A P)

Yemen's Houthis attack allied party of ex-president Saleh amid threat of new civil war

Shiite Houthi fighters on Sunday torn apart images of their allied party's leader ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh that were erected on massive billboards in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, said eyewitnesses.

The move came hours after Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi launched a verbal attack in a broadcasted speech against Saleh and his party, accusing them of committing a national betrayal through working secretly with their enemy, a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

This is a very dangerous signal of internal split between the strongest allies, Houthis and Saleh, which is clearly threatening an eruption of a new civil war in the already war-stricken Yemen.

The huge images of Saleh were erected a day earlier across the major streets of Sanaa by his party in preparation to celebrate the 35th anniversary of establishing the General People's Congress (GPC) on Aug. 24.

Saleh's images were distorted badly as the Houthis packed the streets with their new security checkpoints and patrol military vehicles in a stark defiance to Saleh and his party.

There were no immediate reaction yet from the party of the strong man, whose GPC party is considered the largest political party representing the majority of Yemen's 26 million population according to the latest elections' state statistics.

"The yesterday allies, today enemies, have reached a point of no return," said political analyst and regular columnist Areef al-Doush.

On Saturday night, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi made an unprecedented speech, accusing Saleh and his party of letting down the internal front line and retreating their military loyalists from anti-coalition battle fronts.

"Saleh and his GPC party have been ordering their military loyalists to retreat from the battle fronts and working with the enemy (the Saudi-led coalition)," Houthi leader Abdel-Malek said in his speech that aired through the group media.

"They (Saleh and his party) serve the enemy to implement its goals and help the enemy to carry out attacks and advances," al-Houthi said, accusing Saleh and his party of the greatest national betrayal.

Houthi leader also strongly criticized Saleh for massing crowds for Aug. 24 GPC celebration, saying "We have made it clear that the period is not an election stage to mass the large crowds, but the period is a war and those efforts must be directed to reinforce the battle fronts."

Al-Houthi also blamed Saleh and his party for failure in facing the coalition forces, saying "Saleh is the main cause of the failure in the front lines and he along with his party were behind the severe deterioration of the humanitarian situation to the lowest level."

"We have been stabbed in the back while we at the same time went with all sincerity to the front lines to fight the aggression," al-Houthi said in reference to Saleh.

"He went with us (to the front lines) with only his finger while he kept his legs there in the back," al-Houthi said, pointing to Saleh's role.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/20/c_136541219.htm

20.8.2017 – The National UAE (** A P)

Yemen war: Cracks emerge in Houthis-Saleh alliance

In separate speeches by rebel leader Abdul Malek Al Houthi and Mr Saleh, the two sides appeared to accuse the other of jeapordising a partnership that has seen the Houthis join with Saleh loyalists to battle the Yemeni government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi. In July last year, the Houthis and the Saleh camp agreed to form a joint political council to run rebel-controlled parts of Yemen.

On Saturday, in his first public address since Ramadan, Al Houthi accused unnamed parties of plotting against the rebels by considering a peace agreement that would go against Yemeni interests.

“Certain individuals and groups, who try to hide under the guise of being called those who fight for peace or thinkers, are conspiring against Yemen and trying to make deals that undermine the future of Yemen," he said in the televised speech entitled "Maintaining the unity of internal ranks".

Al Houthi said he was prepared to work towards a peace agreement with Mr Hadi's government and the Saudi-led coalition backing it — which includes the UAE — but only one that would be in the interest of the country.

Mr Saleh responded the following day by accusing the rebels of dishonouring the terms of their political agreement.

“To the great disappointment, there are supervising committees, to which we agreed on dissolving upon the partnership but, what’s happening is that the revolutionary committee controls the political council in Yemen,” he said.

Members of the so-called "Supreme Political Council" were named in August last year, with the Houthi-controlled Saba news agency saying the ten positions would be divided equally between the rebels and Saleh loyalists.

Al Houthi appeared to pre-empt Mr Saleh's accusation on Friday, saying the rebel movement "represents only a quarter of the state's top echelons and one per cent of the overall administrative structure of the state".

Mr Saleh, meanwhile, said the Supreme Political Council's ability to govern was being undermined by the Houthis' failure to send the incomes of areas under their control — mainly made up of taxes — to the Yemeni central bank in Aden. Without these funds, the Yemeni government, which controls the bank, has for nearly a year refused to pay the salaries of public sector workers in rebel-controlled areas.

“Where are the salaries?,” Mr Saleh asked. “No one should be taking the countries’ resources and we should be united.”

His comments came four days before the 35th anniversary of the formation of his General People's Congress party – by Naser Al Wasmi

https://www.thenational.ae/world/yemen-war-cracks-emerge-in-houthis-saleh-alliance-1.621406

20.8.2017 – Reuters (** A B P)

New warning as Yemen warring parties face internal strife

Internal strains afflicting both sides in Yemen's conflict have deepened, as the U.N. warned that the failure of the country's political elites to settle their differences has prolonged the suffering of millions already beset by famine and disease.

The internationally recognized government based in the southern city of Aden has yet to impose its writ over a kaleidoscope of armed factions there, one of which camped out with its weapons in a protest at a main square on Sunday.

Ruling from the capital Sanaa in the north, the government's foes in the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, are faring little better and appeared to fall out with a major ally over the worsening economic crisis.

The group has long blamed Hadi's government for the non-payment of public sector salaries for almost a year and a sanitation crisis which has seen 2,000 people die from cholera.

But its leader launched an unprecedented verbal broadside against its main military and political partner on Sunday over the course of the two-year war, veteran ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a speech entitled "Maintaining the unity of internal ranks".

"Ansar Allah represents only a quarter of the state's top echelons and one percent of the overall administrative structure of the state," Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said in a speech on Sunday.

"Don't allow anyone to try to strike the home front or stir up internal strife ... or try to paralyze or disrupt state institutions and engage in political extortion," he added.

There was no immediate comment from Saleh's party to the address or what measures the Houthis might take against Saleh loyalists, who occupy key posts in the northern administration – by Noah Browning

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-breakdown-idUSKCN1B00EF?rpc=401&

20.8.2017 – AP (** A P)

TENSIONS RISE WITHIN YEMEN'S REBEL ALLIANCE

A long-simmering power struggle between Yemen's Shiite rebels and a former president has burst into the open, threatening to undermine their alliance against the internationally-recognized government and its Saudi-led backers.

Armed men suspected of links to the rebels on Sunday tore up poster portraits of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son and one-time heir Ahmed in Sanaa, Yemen's capital.

The vandalism took place in a part of the city where Saleh's Popular Conference party is due to hold celebrations on Thursday marking the 35th anniversary of its founding. Adding to the tension, an unusually high number of armed men could be seen in Sanaa on Sunday, fueling fears that the two sides may clash on the streets of the capital.

Saleh has complained that the rebels, known as Houthis, have sidelined him and his loyalists, leaving them out of military and political decisions, as well as U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end Yemen's civil war.

Rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made thinly-veiled charges against Saleh and his loyalists late Saturday, saying his rebels have been "stabbed in the back while fighting the enemy in good faith."

Without mentioning Saleh or forces loyal to him by name, he suggested that they were not fighting pro-government forces in earnest.

"Look who is on the front lines? Visit the graves (of fallen fighters) to see who is buried there and where they come from?" he said.

In a recorded address scheduled to be broadcast later on Sunday, Saleh dismissed the charges and complained of what he called the domination of decision-making by the Houthis' Revolutionary Committees instead of the National Salvation government the two sides have jointly set up.

The two have always been unlikely allies – by Ahmed Al-Haj

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-20-12-12-41

20.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (* A P)

Yemen: Houthi Leader Accuses Allies of Backstabbing

Houthi rebels’ leader Abdul Malik al-Houthi accused General People’s Congress, party of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, of backstabbing him and exerting “political extortion”, admitting to his group’s weaknesses.

In a 74 minutes televised speech, Houthi sent a message accusing his insurgency allies. Observers stated the alliance between Saleh and Houthi is now shaken and it is safe to say that the two are no longer as they were.

Houthi spoke after UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced that Hodeidah port will be placed under the control of a third party, which also was criticized by the leader.

Yemeni Ambassador to UK Yassin Said Nomaan stated that Houthi’s speech is clearly directed at his primary ally.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Nomaan described the speech as the “speech of the desperate who can’t see things clearly and is mainly complaining about things.”

During his speech, Houthi underscored the need for fighting corruption and implementing reforms in Yemen’s judiciary system to “hold back traitors.”

He added that the country is currently in a state where it is not right to extort the situation politically. He accused Saleh of using issues that were long used during internal wars and civil clashes, referring to the six wars between Houthi and Saleh.

Houthi, however, admitted to the mistakes of insurgency government institutions and corruption within the judiciary system. He stressed that corrupt officials must be held accountable even if they were Houthis, adding that if they were from within Saleh’s party it will not be acceptable for them to be covered by the party.

He stated that his members are no more than fourth of the insurgency government and declared that Houthis represent a 1 percent of civil servants.

Political analyst Najieeb Gallab considers that Houthi focused in his speech on four axis all of which include direct and indirect threats for Saleh – which reflects the bad state of Houthis on the battle fronts and in power.

Gallab stated that Houthi made it clear that he doubts Saleh’s policies in providing political initiatives and preparing for the 35th anniversary of the establishment of General People’s Congress.

He also directly accused the party of following policies that support the coalition – by Badr Al-Qahtani

https://english.aawsat.com/badr-al-qahtani/news-middle-east/yemen-houthi-leader-accuses-allies-backstabbing and by Al Arabiya: https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2017/08/20/Houthis-launch-attack-on-Yemen-s-Saleh-and-his-party.html

My comment: This is by a Saudi media, with a clear propaganda bias. The Saudi side since quite a long time is emphasizing a rift between the Houthis and their Saleh allies; such a rift would be a great success for the Saudis. Up to now, the Houthi-Saleh alliance did not break anyway, both parties do not have another choice. Of course, the Saudis also want to distract from the deep rifts within their own coalition. – Look at Reuters article above, dealing with the rifts within both sides of this war.

Comment by Haykal Bafana: A Houthi-Saleh alliance fracture into conflict is the ONLY way Saudi Arabia can wins in its Yemen war disaster. That's why it won't happen.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/899182457060249600

But the very scent of it drives RIyadh into rabid excitement & induces Saudi to do stupid things. Happened before. But they never learn.

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/899183699497037825

20.8.2017 – Yemen Updates (A P)

Republican Guard kills 3 #Houthis who ripped off Saleh's pictures on the billboards, in preparation to celebrate GPC's anniversary! (photos)

https://twitter.com/yemen_updates/status/899305918625714176

20.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Saleh is stirring anti-Houthi allies in Sanaa

A group of pro- Saleh supporters rallied Sunday outside the headquarters of the foreign ministry controlled byal-Houthi militias in the capital Sanaa, raising slogans against Houthis and Iran's interference in Yemen .
At the event, protesters gathered banners and slogans condemning Iran's interference in Yemen and calling on Iran to leave Yemen's internal affairs.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/280455

And this is Houthi’s TV speech in translation:

20.8.2017 – Yemen Press (* A P)

I am a man of words and deeds… We are men of peace and my head is ready to be sacrificed; surrender is for chickens

The Leader of the Revolution, Mr. Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, delivered an angry speech, the first of its kind in the light of the political tension with the aggression and the alliance of the group, the Congress Party, in the presence of hundreds of sheikhs, scientists and social figures close to the group and political and tribal components against the Saudi war on Yemen, ) Based on the large meeting hosted by Sana’a last Ramadan.

Al-Houthi’s speech, which was monitored by Yemen Press and broadcast by the group’s Al-Masirah channel, was divided into three main axes: the first is the alliance’s attempt to achieve the internal division of the Sanaa parties

In his extraordinary speech, al-Huthi said that the coalition or what he described as the “forces of aggression” reached fatigue and exhaustion as a result of its failure in the war, but found a new way to prepare for a dangerous and new phase of military escalation in conjunction with the “targeting of the front from the inside” To strike the alliance between the group and the Congress Party.

“There are large activities aimed at hitting the inside through the penetration of components by the enemy and buy the loyalties of its employees, making it compatible with minor side titles at the expense of the address to address the aggression,” he said.

He added that the coalition forces are seeking to freeze the internal front to be able to break into it, considering that this is done by diverting attention from the confrontation to the activities of the party and party.

We are not the state and we do not evade responsibility

In part of the speech, al-Houthi focused on clarifying the nature of the authority existing in the areas outside the control of the coalition, stressing that the group is present by not more than a quarter or 25% and that its followers in the structure of the state does not represent 1% challenging who can prove the opposite.

“I am saying with confidence that God’s supporters are the least people in state institutions, who do not account for one percent of the total administrative structure of the state,” Houthi said.

While Houthi acknowledges the repercussions of the war and the siege on the performance of the state, but at the same time says that they in the group are not satisfied with the performance and want to make their efforts better, adding that “since the formation of the Supreme Political Council and the government we have preferred this step to activate the performance of the state, and we hope to continue,” according to Its expression.

Al-Huthi said that this does not mean that “Ansar Allah” is not responsible, saying “I still consider that the supporters of God are responsible to others for taking responsibility for running the affairs of the state.” At the same time, he says, “It is unfair that only God’s supporters bear the responsibility of imbalances In the state, “according to the text of his speech.

At a time when the mobilization by the conference to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the causes of political tension between the two sides of Sanaa, the group expresses concerns about the slogans and messages associated with the mobilization and not to celebrate itself in addition to other concerns related to the communication between the conference and abroad, which is addressed by Houthi, saying ” By the stage is not elections, but intrusions. ”

Al-Houthi continued to focus on the penetration of Riyadh to some parties in Sanaa, both at the level of the judiciary or parliament, and said in this context, “a judge with the aggression, and a judge and a judge working for political considerations has nothing to do with the judiciary at all,” adding, “Some of the parliamentarians meet with Ibn Salman without Take any punitive action against them … and this is unacceptable. ”

Houthi’s speech did not diminish, but escalated. He accuses the conference of stabbing the group at noon without naming the conference by saying, “We get the stabs in the back as we headed we are all sincerely going to face the aggression, “he added.

http://www.yemenpress.org/uncategorized/i-am-a-man-of-words-and-deeds-we-are-men-of-peace-and-my-head-is-ready-to-be-sacrificed-surrender-is-for-chickens.html

20.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Yemen Ex-President Saleh today in Sanaa: We call all Yemenis to continue fighting aggression, as we extend our hands for peace not surrender (photos)

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899302173569421312 and film (Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZHPiVj3ts4

Comment by Mohammed al-Qadhi: Despite mounting strains, #Saleh speech today shows he is seeking real partnership with #Houthis who have upper hand on everything.

https://twitter.com/mohammedalqadhi/status/899281068473425921

21.8.2017 – Asharq Al-Awsat (** A P)

Saleh Protests against Houthi Management, Hints at Ending Partnership

Saleh’s war of words was in response to Abdul-Malik al-Houthi’s accusations against him that he allegedly betrayed the coup and used political extortion.

Political analysts told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saleh’s speech, most notably his well-expressed desire that the General People’s Congress party needed to be distinguished from other Yemeni political components, as well as his claim that he is in charge of the constitution and the law, shows his lack of regard to his coup partners, the Houthis.

Saleh sees that Houthi militias have adopted the Iranian model and reproduced it in areas they control – lacking in self-determination, Houthis are considered under-qualified to lead or manage their territory.

“Saleh tried to deliver a message that he is a man committed to the law and is governed by the objectives of the coup, noting his rejection of Houthi doctrines” Yemeni political analyst Najib Gulab told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Gulab said that Saleh realizes that Houthis follow an ideological structure that can only produce violence and conflict and works contrary to political beliefs held within Yemen – by Badr Al-Qahtani

https://english.aawsat.com/badr-al-qahtani/news-middle-east/saleh-protests-houthi-management-hints-ending-partnership

My comment: By a Saudi media. The Saudis of course hope to profit from this Houthi-Saleh rift (almost their only chance to win in Yemen) and of course are interest in showing how intense this rift is or should be.

21.8.2017 – The National UAE (** A B P)

Ali Abdullah Saleh and Abdul Malek Al Houthi: Yemen's destructive marriage of convenience heads for bitter divorce

Saleh's alliance with the Houthis was a one that the deposed president used for survival and now views, perhaps prematurely, as no longer necessary

[Saleh’s] speech in Sanaa had two messages: celebrating 35 years of the foundation of his political party, the General People’s Congress and a threat directed to his “enemies”, including several of his former allies.

Saleh spelled out his warnings not like a deposed autocrat, but “in a brotherly way, from among you, from me to the Yemeni streets,” he said.

His sentences at times prompted the audience to erupt into chants of “in blood to defend Yemen”, while others triggered laughter from a hall full of supporters brandishing khanjars, the traditional dagger worn as an accessory but sharpened nonetheless at times like these.

This was a far cry from the man to whom he was responding. In the first sign that their alliance was breaking, Abdul Malek Al Houthi, the Houthi rebel leader, had a day earlier attempted to criticise Saleh but failed to mention him by name.

In contrast, two minutes into Saleh’s speech he addressed Al Houthi directly. The former president then spent the rest of his 15-minute talk bashing the Houthis’ attempts to supersede his authority and concluded by expressing a willingness to break away from their alliance, which has proved so essential to his survival.

This is part and parcel of Saleh’s great survival act, as seen during the Arab Spring when months of protests escalated to a rocket attack on his presidential compound in June 2011.

Saleh’s unique knack of finagling his way out of political situations have turned events that would spell suicide for others into opportunities for the man who likened governing Yemen to dancing on the heads of snakes.

The alliance was a marriage of convenience, one that Saleh used for survival and now views, perhaps prematurely during the 35-year celebration of his party, as no longer necessary.

“I think it is the one thing that we all see coming. This is an alliance of convenience to get rid of common enemies,” Nadwa Al Dawsari, a senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy. “It lasted this long only because of the Saudi-led military intervention. The alliance was never sustainable because Saleh and Houthis are enemies and they never trusted each other.”

The split in the alliance seems to point towards Saleh positioning himself ahead of a political settlement to the conflict.

The Houthis have been nervous that Saleh will sacrifice them for a deal that includes him separating from the Houthis in exchange for guarantees for his family and for his party to play a role in the future of the country.

“And they are right to be nervous. Saleh has manipulated everyone and they won’t be the exception,” Ms Dawsari said.

“Where are the salaries?” Mr Saleh asked on Sunday, as he detailed the Houthis’ economic mismanagement in areas under their control – by Naser Al wasmi

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/ali-abdullah-saleh-and-abdul-malek-al-houthi-yemen-s-destructive-marriage-of-convenience-heads-for-bitter-divorce-1.621694

My comment: By an Emirati media. The Emirates hope the Houthi-Saleh tensions could bring advantage to their own side of the conflict – hiding this behind the phrase: “The falling out between the two sides is likely to progress the political negotiations.”, as the Emirates’ foreign minister Gargash also had said. Thus, Emirati media in any way try to describe these tensions as large as possible – and by this to enlarge them even more.

20.8.2017 – Suhf Net (** A P)

"Saleh" to the Huthis: We are not employees of one and will not allow the chaos in Sanaa

One day after the speech of the leader of the Houthis , in which his allies attacked the General People's Congress party, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh came out on Sunday with a speech that included a direct threat to his Houthi allies.

Saleh talked about the partnership, and stressed that the political council is controlled by the Revolutionary Committee, and the government is rejected decision, in favor of revolutionary committees, and oversight, which disrupt the decisions of the Council, as well as government decisions.

Saleh pointed out that the goal of the anniversary of the founding of the Congress Party on August 24 is to guide the support of the home front, as well as the call for peace and not surrender, denying that the festival is directed against his Houthi allies.

The former president also called on his Houthi allies to remove misunderstandings and warned against the danger of the fifth column. He added that the political, economic, cultural, social, military and security fronts have been added. "The fronts are being brought to the field, not by word or by lie

Saleh said: "We agreed on the partnership a real partnership in the face of aggression and the management of the country's affairs politically, culturally and socially, but unfortunately there are supervisory committees, the Revolutionary Committee, which we agreed that it ends its task of forming the political council and the government of rescue, we agreed on this basis, To the Supreme Political Council in the field, any decisions issued by and not compatible with the Revolutionary Committee canceled. "

He also revealed the existence of an executive office of the Houthis, which oversees the government, indicating that the resources, although small but not disbursed, stressing that it can not be compromised.

And addressed the Houthis, saying: "If you want to take power alone, inform us as we withdraw," pointing out that the call of the Houthis to mobilize supporters at the entrances of the capital, aimed at impeding the effectiveness of the conference.

Saleh said: "Beyond the eye of the sun, which wants to work chaos in the capital, and raises chaos, and then run away, adding:" What is fleeing, we are all here, "referring to the capital Sana'a, stressing that the Conference and the conference will not accept at all that They are staffed with one.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/280482

20.8.2017 – Hamed Ghaleb (A P)

[texts against the Houthis, by a Saleh supporter, Arabic]

https://www.facebook.com/anti7omr/posts/10155300028925804

https://www.facebook.com/anti7omr/posts/10155300265105804

20.8.2017 – Suhf Net (** A P)

Houthi's unexpected response to Saleh's speech reveals a new reality that could change events in Sanaa and Yemen

The Houthis responded to the speech by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday in front of a crowd of tribal leaders loyal to him, which was originally in response to the speech of the leader of militias, " Abdul-Malikal-Houthi " on Saturday, which attacked the conference directly and explicitly.

The Houthis responded by speaking directly to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Congress Party, accusing him of receiving direct information from the Arab coalition countries , as well as reminding him of the six wars in Saada during his rule.

"The fronts are comprehensive and integrated, but the military has been and continues to be a priority. Without it, and without the steadfastness of the heroes of the army and the popular committees, everything would have collapsed and the country would have lost," he said.

In his first letter to the former president, "Abdulsalam" said to you, "You, as you call yourselves, are the follies of politics - to do your tools to support the military front, but not to come or not.

On the charge of "Saleh" for the Houthis distribution of the LTTE on the fronts of the fighting Houthi spokesman said, "On the lieutenant, it is funny to talk about you and you know before others what I made of positions and revived the principles of steadfastness in the face of the six wars, and still do its actions in the field in the face of aggression, And prevent the new invaders from swallowing Yemen .

"We have a culture that supports the morale of the military front," he said, recalling the former president as the lieutenant in the founding of the group's ideology during the six wars in Saada. "Your mobilization strengthens the country's defensive doctrine of defense. Alone enough to indicate that your standing against partnership is an option and a decision, not the product of a legal or constitutional problem.

On the attack of "Saleh" in his speech to the Revolutionary Committees of the Houthis, the response of the Houthis, saying "it was agreed to end its supervisory role on government institutions and this is what happened, was recognized and received in the sight of everyone and documented steps, This has been hindered.

"What the Revolutionary Committee is doing now is to play its popular, social and revolutionary role, so that it is in the interest of supplying the fronts to confront an aggression that you have failed to deal with. The Revolutionary Committee has borne the burden of mobilizing alongside the other free political components.

On the attack of "Saleh" to the Executive Office of the Houthis said the statement of the Houthis, "The subject of the Executive Office is the executive offices of Ansar Allah, and has nothing to do with the government, not as soon or from afar, as in the parties of the committees of public and permanent and floating, according to the statement.

On the charge of "Saleh" Houthis procrastination in the supply of revenues to the treasury of the state Houthis responded "for resources, you do not need a lot of words, the entire ministries of the quotas of the Congress Party, and ask to know where to be refunded it, and we emphasize the need to provide a public disclosure to inform the people The size of the resources, and where it went a few or many, and even a real disclosure about the magnitude of the challenges of war and spending for nearly 900 days, compared to the war on the south, which lasted only 70 days, not the momentum of this war and how much total expenses.

Saleh responded in a speech to his supporters today on the speech of the militia leader yesterday, explaining several points of the dispute between the two sides, while observers said that the letter of the two men revealed the looting of billions of riyals of funds from the state treasury.

Arif al-Zuka also commented on Al-Houthi's speech and his spokesman on Sunday, accusing several Huthi militias of looting state funds and holding the conference responsible.

Observers say that the two sides on the verge of war may destroy the internal alliance between the poles of the coup in Sanaa , which will reflect on the Yemeni crisis in general and rearrange the military and political solutions, according to observers.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/280316

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (* A P)

A spokesman for the Houthis responds to Saleh: Your stand against partnership is an option and a decision and our lieutenant has stood up to your six wars

The official spokesman of the Houthi militia Mohammed Abdul Salam attacked ousted president Ali AbdullahSaleh , hours after a televised speech in which he criticized the behavior of the Houthis and their actions insideYemen , including their political partnership and their revolutionary and popular committees.

A spokesman for the militia said that the fronts of the alliance of the coup, consisting of fighters of his group and the forces in favor of an integrated system and priority, considering that its steadfastness to prevent the collapse of Yemen.

In a pamphlet on his Facebook page, Abd al-Salam mocked Salih's talk about the Huthis lieutenant, the booklets of the leader of the founding group, Hussein al-Houthi, and said: "It is funny to talk about it and you know before others what I made of positions and revived the principles of steadfastness in the face of the six wars, Is still doing its work in the field in the face of aggression, and prevent the new invaders to swallow Yemen, "he said.

"This is sufficient to indicate that your standing against partnership is an option and a decision, not a product of a legal problem," he said. Or constitutional. "

The Houthi spokesman refuted Salih's talk about the Supreme Revolutionary Committee headed by Muhammad Ali al-Houthi, the office of the group, state resources and the judiciary and the task of Houthi supervisors.

A spokesman for the Huthis accused the Congress Party of destroying the concept of the state and turning it into partisan property, and of taking over the ministries of the country. He demanded to know its results and to provide a list of the magnitude and challenges of the war, which he said they have been fighting for 900 days.

He said that his group is keen to reform the judiciary and strengthen its role to carry out its tasks and not afraid of that, as he put it, pointing out that Saleh has an obscene past in corruption and unfair contracts, which seized the capabilities of the people.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/280287

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

The coup d'état carries out a campaign of kidnappings in the city of Ibb and storms the home of a citizen of Habib

Sa'd al-Houthi militia kidnapped one of the lawyers in Ibb province in central Yemen .

Local sources told Al- Sahwa Net that the militia of the coup d'état yesterday kidnapped lawyer Mohamed Shahbin from Ibb city and took him to the Political Security prisons under the control of Houthi and Saleh.

The kidnappers kidnapped a member of public health, Jabr al-Khulani, who was appointed by the coup d'état as deputy director of the General Revolution Hospital in Ibb. He was released hours after his abduction by tribal mediators and leaders of the coup militia.

One of the agents of Ibb province appointed by the coup d'état was kidnapped by an activist for criticizing the agent via Facebook.

In a related context .. Al-Houthi and Al-Makhlouh militia broke into one of the houses of the citizens in the district of Habish in Ibb province.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282020

20.8.2017 – Hatem (A P)

Photos: [Houthi propaganda in the street]

https://twitter.com/7atem5511/status/899280967252287488

and this is how Saleh propaganda looks like:

20.8.2017 – Haykal Bafana (A P)

A blessed Friday to the Republic of #Yemen and to all Yemenis who have resisted the Saudi & UAE war on us (photo)

https://twitter.com/BaFana3/status/898486431286472704

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Al-Houthi militia arrest professor at police academy in Sanaa

The sources said that the Houthi militia kidnapped Sharif, and deposited him in the prison of Azal, without knowing the reasons for the arrest.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282957

21.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (* B P)

Houthis top media freedom violators in Yemen: report

The Media Freedom Observatory of the Media and Economic Studies Centre announced on Sunday that 132 violations against media freedom were recorded during the first half of 2017, asserting that the Houthis are on top list of media freedom violators in Yemen.

The Observatory also confirmed that during this period the violations against the journalists and media institutions included murder, torture, suppressive practices, and deliberate and systematic targeting, in order to silence them.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93498

20.8.2017 – Nasser Arrabyee (A P)

Photos: Yemeni activists standing today in solidarity with parliamentarian Ahmed Hashed who's inhunger strike inside Parliament building 4 a week

https://twitter.com/narrabyee/status/899306687567450112

20.8.2017 – Press TV Iran (A P)

Film: Blind Yemeni students mark Intl. Humanitarian Day

Yemeni people and activists have observed the International Humanitarian Day at a school for visually-impaired students in Sana’a.

http://presstv.com/Detail/2017/08/20/532276/Blind-Yemeni-students-mark-Intl-Humanitarian-Day

cp6 Südjemen und Hadi-Regierung / Southern Yemen and Hadi-government

Siehe / Look at cp1

21.8.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Yemeni-Bahraini talks were held Sunday in Manama, discussing bilateral relations and how to enhance them.

The meetings chaired by prime ministers of both countries, asserted that Kingdom of Bahrain will stay supporting the Yemeni people and its legitimate government.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-9579

21.8.2017 – Al Sahwa (A P)

Demonstrations demand to return Aden governor

Thousands of people took to streets on Sunday, demanding to return Aden Governor Abdulaziz al-Maflahi and surrender the governorate's building to him.

https://www.alsahwa-yemen.net/en/p-9576

Remark: Hadi-appointed governor, Hadi supporters.

21.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Paying salaries of state employees in Al-Jawf

The local authority in Al - Jouf province began today to pay the salaries of civil servants

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/282004

21.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A P)

Near the launch of an official website of the Southern Transitional Council

http://alomanaa.net/news61879.html

20.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A P)

Al-Dhali: A truck was seized from Sanaa, carrying volumes of books on magic and sorcery

the soldiers of the Marqula checkpoint south of Dalea were able to seize a truck from Sanaa on its way to Aden on Saturday carrying religious books belonging to the Houthi Shiite group, including books used for witchcraft.

http://alomanaa.net/news61870.html

20.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A P)

Saudi approval to end the war and undeclared dialogues

According to private sources, Alomanaa that Saudi Arabia is seeking with the rest of the international parties to find a formula because it is armed conflict in Yemen.

These sources explained in a statement to the "Trustees" that the meeting, which brought together Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with members of parliament in favor of legitimacy last week was in this direction and that the purpose is to find a large block of the House of Representatives follow the legitimacy, where will have a role in the next political solution as Parliament Is the one who will be the legitimate party in case the political settlement succeeds.

The sources reported that discussions took place in the Jordanian capital of Amman during the past few days, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the presence of the presence of Sheikh Ould Sheikh and a representative of the coup did not announce the arrival of a mechanism in addition to other dialogues taking place in the Omani capital Muscat.

According to these sources, the understandings and agreements reached on the identification of persons and mechanisms will have a role in the transitional phase in the military and security and the proposals are still some names are traded.

http://alomanaa.net/news61810

20.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A P)

The legitimate government .. the weapon of services in return for obedience and blind obedience!

The capital city of Aden suffers from large and unprecedented power cuts under a high temperature rise.

At a time when the legitimate government promised the people of the capital Aden to maintain an acceptable level of electricity services, Aden witnessed unprecedented power cuts of up to 6 hours for half an hour! .

The people of Aden called on the legitimate government to fulfill its promises and work to provide diesel for electricity and improve its services.

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Dajar has promised that the summer of 2017 will be cool, which is not happening so far.

Sources close to the legitimate government refused to disclose its name told the newspaper Alomanaa that there is a lobby in the legitimate government uses basic services as a means of pressure on the citizens of the liberated southern provinces in order to abandon the demand for the demand for liberation and independence and obedience and blind obedience to the orientations of the legitimate government.

As soon as the legitimate Prime Minister, Ahmed Obeid Bin Dagher, left his palace with Aden's sheikhs, Aden sank into chaos in which everything suddenly fell apart. His unruly government returned to the pre-zero square in the main services it claimed and claimed every day. Two days later, they burnt the Habr documents in the financial building after they held the coalition responsible for their shameful failure to pay the salaries of the state employees from the 400 billion dollars that were printed by the customs bank.

http://alomanaa.net/news61811.html

20.8.2017 – Alomanaa Net (A P)

Al Baydah .. 8 people killed by tribal conflict

Eight people, including a woman, were killed in a tribal conflict in Amad al-Majah district in the governorate of Al-Baida in central Yemen , a local source said Sunday.

The source told Al-Masdar Online that a tribal dispute erupted between the people of Hurriyet and Al-Hussein Mohammed in the area of Amad al-Majanh, which led to clashes that resulted in the killing of six people, including a woman from the Hussein family.

He explained that tribal mediation from neighboring areas intervened to stop the war between the parties.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/279593

20.8.2017 – Naji Alkaladi (A P)

Aden security killed a young man called Amro Hezam without any reason ! The guy was unarmed selling in front of a mall in #Aden city (photos)

https://twitter.com/NajTV/status/899243081152778240

cp7 UNO und Friedensgespräche / UN and peace talks

21.8.2017 – Norwegian Refugee Council (* A H)

Open Letter to the UN Secretary-General for immediate action on Yemen

Letter sent to Secretary-General Guterres, all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council and EU High Representative Mogherini.

I write to appeal for your immediate action in response to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. As you are aware, cholera has spread at an alarming rate due to decimated public services, destroyed infrastructure, and the deliberate strangulation of transport routes. In May, when I visited Yemen, there were 2000 suspected cases of cholera. Today, reports indicate more than half a million cases. 14.5 million people are without access to safe drinking water. The level of food insecurity is devastating, and the threat of famine is real. Almost seven million are at risk of starvation. The conflict is also seriously affecting access to health services and education.

Parties to the conflict have pushed an already fragile and impoverished country towards collapse. They continue to hinder access and import of essential goods to Yemen. Bureaucratic impediments prevent the movement of critical aid supplies and personnel. The lack of salary payments to public servants has crippled public services and commercial activities.

Yemen is at the brink of becoming a failed state, but we have a small window to prevent the total collapse of public services and institutions. Immediate and decisive action by Security Council Members can reverse the crisis and I have therefore urged them to act. I would also like to appeal for your leadership in calling for and working towards

Jan Egeland

Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council

https://www.nrc.no/news/2017/august/immediate-action-yemen/ = http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/open-letter-un-secretary-general-immediate-action-yemen

21.8.2017 – The Times (* A P)

UN leader António Guterres urged to blacklist Saudi Arabia over child deaths in Yemen

The UN secretary-general must decide whether to blacklist Saudi Arabia for killing and maiming children in Yemen after an official report found it responsible for more than half of the child deaths in the conflict.

António Guterres may freeze the UN’s annual “list of shame”, which names countries responsible for the worst violations of children’s rights in conflict. Last year Saudi Arabia was included in the list but after it threatened to stop funding Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general at the time, backtracked. Mr Guterres is expected to announce a decision on Monday.

The report, commissioned by the UN Security Council, found the Saudi-led coalition responsible for 51 per cent of all child casualties in Yemen – by Catherine Philipp (registered only)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/un-leader-antonio-guterres-urged-to-blacklist-saudi-arabia-over-child-deaths-in-yemen-szhh7q22d

21.8.2017 – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (* A H P)

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien: Statement to the Security Council on Yemen, 18 August 2017

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-21

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien Statement to Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on Yemen

http://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/under-secretary-general-humanitarian-affairs-and-emergency-relief-coordinator-20

remark: Earlier reporting of this statements: YPR 336, cp7.

cp8 Saudi-Arabien / Saudi Arabia

21.8.2017 – Haaretz (A P)

The Most Expensive Ever: Saudi King’s $100 Million Vacation Is Morocco’s Fantasy Holiday

Salman’s month-long jaunt is expected to account for 1.5 percent of the country’s annual foreign-tourism revenue

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has a preferred vacation site – Tangier, Morocco. At the end of July he landed at the local airport, was received with pomp by the prime minister, settled into his 74-acre estate and housed his entourage in the city’s most expensive hotels.

Over 1,000 people including ministers, advisers, relatives, security people and associates landed with Salman. About 800 hotel rooms were reserved, 200 cars were leased (in addition to the vehicles the king brought with him) and the finest catering companies were brought on board. The month-long vacation is expected to cost more than $100 million.

That’s apparently the most expensive “all-inclusive package” ever. You probably shouldn’t plan a trip to Tangier this month, especially if you plan to go around by car – by Zvi Bar’el

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.807937

20.8.2017 – Al Araby (A P)

Saudi establishes American-Gulf center for combating terror funding

Saudi Arabia announced establishing an anti-terror center in Riyadh based on a joint effort with the United States. The center is part of the May signed agreement with US President Donald Trump.

Abdulaziz Hamad Aluwaisheq, GCC assistant secretary general for political affairs and negotiations, said that the American-Gulf agreement on combatting the funding of terrorism will need to undergo a number of legal proceedings in each of the GCC countries.

The official stressed that the GCC secretariat is highly concerned with implementing all items of the agreement.

It is anticipated that meetings between GCC officials and experts on countering terror financing will be held in the upcoming days.

Meetings will tackle the US-Gulf agreement signed at the Gulf-American summit held in Riyadh recently.

The third summit held last May was aimed at limiting funds reaching terror organizations and members.

Aluwaisheq believes that since the Gulf-US on curbing and fighting the funding of terrorism must go through legal procedures in every country, this means that the time is still early to activate all agreement stipulations with 100 percent efficiency.

The GCC continues to implement all the agreements agreed upon in this file until all the ratifications of the six states is completed.

In his remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Aluwaisheq stated that Saudi Arabia has already started the process of establishing the Counter Terrorism Financing Center, pointing out that the GCC Secretariat is seeking to arrange meetings with the founders of the Center to consider completing the remaining requirements of this cooperation – by Turki al-Suhail

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2017/08/20/Saudi-establishes-American-Gulf-center-for-combatting-terror-funding.html

My comment: LOL. This not even is the “arsonist as fire fighter”, it’s even better: The arsonist as propagandist for the fire department.

20.8.2017 – Der Standard (* A B P)

Saudi-Arabien pflegt sein Image als Hajj-Gastgeber

Pilger aus Katar an der Wallfahrt nach Mekka zu hindern wäre für die Saudis selbstschädigend.

Vergangene Woche gab Saudi-Arabien bekannt, die geschlossene Landgrenze zu Katar bei Salwa / Abu Samrah speziell für Pilger öffnen zu lassen, auch einige Flugzeuge sollten losgeschickt werden, um Kataris in Doha abzuholen. Es wurde spekuliert, ob dieser Schritt eine generelle Entspannung in der Krise zwischen Katar und Saudi-Arabien bedeutet.

Die Rolle Saudi-Arabiens als alleinige Instanz, die den Zugang zu den wichtigsten islamischen Stätten kontrolliert, wird immer wieder hinterfragt. Das ist besonders dann der Fall, wenn ein Unglück geschieht.

Dahinter, welches Land wie viele Pilger und Pilgerinnen entsendet, steckt ein ausgeklügeltes Quotensystem. Je nach Einwohnerzahlen werden den Staaten Visa zugesprochen.

Vor allem von politischen Gegnern Saudi-Arabiens wird häufig die Idee ventiliert, die Verwaltung der Pilgerstätten zu internationalisieren, etwa die Organisation der Islamischen Zusammenarbeit (OIC) damit zu betrauen. Das ist jedoch schwer vorstellbar: Die Funktion als Hüter der heiligen Stätten gehört zur Selbstlegitimation der Familie Saud, und sie würde sie schwerlich aufgeben. Die Pilgerfahrt ist darüber hinaus auch seit jeher eine Einkommensquelle, auch wenn Sicherheit und Logistik immer mehr kosten – von Gudrun Harrer

http://derstandard.at/2000062893807/Saudi-Arabien-pflegt-sein-Image-als-Hajj-Gastgeber?ref=rss

20.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (** B P)

The politics of Hajj quotas: 'What would Allah say to this?'

Critics argue that the Saudi authorities need to make their Hajj quota system more transparent to ensure it is fairer

Like thousands of Egyptians, Mahmud has waited years to go to the Hajj. His situation is not uncommon, with millions of Muslims worldwide turning to private travel agents or other means via the black market.

Saudi Arabia sets the quotas, based on the population of Muslims in each country, which in turn - through governments or private travel companies - allocate places for their citizens.

The long wait times, which can be up to 10 years or longer in some countries, lengthened after Riyadh cut the overall quota of visas by 20 percent in 2009 to accommodate expansion work in the grand mosques in Mecca and Medina. It has now reversed the decision, so an additional million pilgrims can now attend the pilgrimage, which this year begins on 30 August.

The rise in numbers comes after the Gulf kingdom suffered a decline in oil prices as well as the lowest number of pilgrims in a decade in 2016. It will boost the economies in Mecca and Medina.

The governments in most Muslim-majority countries allocate the largest chunk of their places via a random lottery and give the rest to private travel agents. In the UK and elsewhere, tickets are sold via private travel agents on a first-come, first served basis, depending on eligibility.

The biggest problems come in countries such as Indonesia, which is usually awarded the largest number of visas - it has a Muslim population of 260 million.

Critics accuse the Saudi authorities of politicising the Hajj and helping create a global black economy in visas, with the allocation process in some countries being described as rife with corruption and unfair to poorer pilgrims.

Pakistan, which receives the third-highest quota, was recently rocked by a corruption scandal after prospective pilgrims accused officials of giving a portion to private companies in exchange for bribes.

Riyadh justifies the quota it sets as a means to ensure the safety of all pilgrims. The Hajj has been hit by numerous incidents over the years, which have resulted in the deaths of pilgrims, usually through overcrowding.

Some observers have characterised the quota system as a means for Riyadh to influence Muslims around the world. Rasheed said that the Saudis have historically used the Hajj "as a political tool" after it took control of the two holy sites in the early 1920s.

"Access to the Hajj and performing the ritual is dependent on the will of the Saudi regime," she said. "The main reason is so it is able to control Muslim countries because the Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, and every Muslim is under the obligation to do it if they can.

"If a Muslim is anti-Saudi or voices criticism of Saudi then they are banned from coming – by Areeb Ullah

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/the-politics-of-Hajj-quotas-visa-mecca-saudi-pilgrim-iran-1554249695

19.8.2017 – Business Insider (* B P)

Saudi Arabia's financial constraints are starting to limit its ability to project power

Saudi Arabia’s strategy in the Middle East has for years focused on throwing money at majority Sunni states and groups in the region to counter Iranian influence. But its fiscal constraints started to limit its ability to project power even in the Arabian Peninsula.

Funding Sunni jihadist groups has not had the desired outcome. The rise of the Islamic State is evidence that this strategy can have unintended results. In fact, Saudi Arabia’s attempt to expand its influence regionally may have actually reduced Saudi power both domestically and on the peninsula.

As such, the Saudis are coming to the realization that it can’t shape the dynamics of the region. It can help create problems for its opponents, but it can’t control the future course of events. That experience caused the Saudis to refocus their efforts closer to home, in places like Yemen.

In the meantime, low oil prices continue to strain its budget, inhibiting its ability not only to fund proxy groups throughout the region, but also to carry out conventional military action on the Arabian Peninsula – by Xander Snyder

http://www.businessinsider.de/saudi-arabia-influence-in-middle-east-2017-8?r=US&IR=T

cp9 USA

21.8.2017 – The American Conservative (* B H K P)

Yemen’s Cholera and Famine Crises and U.S. Responsibility

Jackson Diehl comments on the major famine crises around the world, including the one created in Yemen by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war and blockade:

The result, says Joel Charny of the Norwegian Refugee Council USA, i

Everything Diehl says here is correct, but it is not just the Trump administration that has been doing this. It important to remember that this disgraceful policy of enabling and supporting the Saudis and their allies started in the spring of 2015 under the Obama administration, and most members of the Senate have opposed every attempt to restrict U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition. The starvation of Yemen has been going on all this time, and it received no more attention before Trump took office than it has since he became president. The shameful policy of backing the coalition war on Yemen has run into some resistance in Congress, but not nearly enough to stop it.

There is no question that the Trump administration is complicit in the coalition’s war and blockade, but there are also a lot of other people in Washington that have supported the same horrible policy and they should be called to account for that support as well. Continued support for the war on Yemen is by far the worst thing Trump is doing right now, and the sickening thing is that it is probably one of the only Trump policies that still commands bipartisan support. It is one of the very few Obama-era policies that Trump doesn’t want to reverse.

The cholera epidemic is another product of the war, and has likewise received scant coverage, and when it is covered the responsibility of the coalition and its Western patrons is usually ignored all together. That is beginning to change – by Daniel Larison

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/yemens-cholera-and-famine-crises-and-u-s-responsibility/

20.8.2017 – Washington Post (* B H P)

How Trump is enabling famine

But there was no eruption of public interest; news stories about the famine remain few and far between. The reason is fairly obvious: The continuing Trump circus sucks up so much media oxygen that issues that otherwise would be urgent — such as millions of people starving — are asphyxiated.

The worst thing about this situation is not the lack of attention, or even the absence of adequate relief funding.

The real tragedy is that, notwithstanding an exacerbating drought in the Horn of Africa, all of the hunger is man-made.

That’s where the real responsibility of President Trump lies, too. His pathological need to focus attention on himself has created the vortex into which public discourse on vital issues such as this disappears. But his larger offense has been his love affair with the despotic regimes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are largely responsible for creating — and perpetuating — the food and cholera crises in Yemen.

The problem is this: About 90 percent of food and medicine for Yemenis is imported through a seaport, Hodeida, which is controlled by Yemeni rebels against whom the Saudis and their allies have unsuccessfully waged war for the past 2½ years. In the name of enforcing an arms embargo, the Saudis have blockaded Hodeida from the sea and also forced the closure of the international airport in the capital, Sanaa. Ships carrying food and approved by the U.N. are supposed to be allowed to dock, but in practice are often held up by the Saudis.

The result, says Joel Charny of the Norwegian Refugee Council USA, is that the Yemen crisis “is not about aid or aid dollars.” It’s about the blockade — and the Trump administration is complicit. It is backing the Saudi war effort with intelligence and military supplies and, says Charny, “failing to pressure the Saudis to do basic things that would remediate the situation.” – by Jackson Diehl

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/how-trump-is-enabling-famine/2017/08/20/f687dda2-835d-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html

20.8.2017 – Borgen Magazine (* A B P)

What Is the Yemen Security and Humanity Act (H.R. 2795)?

With more than 75 percent of its population (20.7 million people) in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises seen in years. From famine to cholera, war-torn Yemen is struggling to attain even basic relief packages. In response to this emergency, the Yemen Security and Humanity Act (H.R. 2795) was introduced in the House. It will focus on expanding famine relief in Yemen.

Sponsored by U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA-37), the Yemen Security and Humanity Act is meant to prioritize famine relief in Yemen. With 7 million Yemenis, many of them children, facing extreme hunger, this act will provide the legislation needed to construct a comprehensive agenda to deliver aid.

The act references startling figures to support the U.S.’s moral obligation to the crisis occurring in Yemen.

In addition to the humanitarian responsibility of the U.S., this act also stresses the importance of Yemen as a national security interest. According to the act, “disease, war, and desperate poverty in Yemen threaten United States core values and strategic priorities for combating global terror.” Thus, it is in the diplomatic interest of the U.S. to provide relief to Yemenis in need, because stability can help prevent further violence – by Kelly Hayes

http://www.borgenmagazine.com/yemen-security-and-humanity-act/

My comment: Look at comment to following article.

20.8.2017 – Journal Gazette (* B P)

Morality and security: Yemen's strife poses US challenge - to allay misery, foil extremists

Given this fact, I believe we have a moral imperative – consistent with the best traditions of American international leadership and the international humanitarian principles we support – to do all we can to help. At the same time, we need to understand the security implications for Americans and our allies.

In the hearing I convened, the World Food Programme's executive director, David Beasley, said the following:

“Whether you're dealing with extremist groups or terrorist groups, when mothers and fathers and families can't feed their children in these extremist areas and they don't have the access or the opportunity to leave, then they have no choice but to turn to what's available to them.

“And so when the United States provides the leadership to make certain that these families, mothers and fathers can feed their children, they do not turn to extremism, they do not turn and yield to terrorism.

“And if we are not there, terrorism, extremism will proliferate and the problems that we're facing around the world will only be exacerbated and compounded, and then of course we're dealing with the military and other operations that are very costly after the fact.”

As the international community considers the situation in Yemen and what steps to take, we should start with a clear-eyed appreciation for the fact that the crisis in Yemen is unacceptable from both a humanitarian and security perspective.

The longer this humanitarian crisis continues, the more empowered terrorist groups in Yemen will become, and the threat to our homeland and our interests will only grow.

For these reasons, we must work together to eliminate any man-made obstacles that are preventing the delivery of humanitarian relief to the people in Yemen who desperately need it. Hoosiers can count on me, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to continue to do just that – by Todd Young, Senator (Rep.)

http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/20170820/morality-and-security

my comment: Honorable, but false: There are no “best traditions of American international leadership”. What the senator does not want to see: US leadership is responsible for this war and all the misery it has brought to the Yemenis. The US simply should keep out.

21.8.2017 – Politico (* A P)

Avenue calls for investigation into pro-Saudi group

A lobbying firm co-founded by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is calling for the Justice Department to investigate a pro-Saudi group that it accuses of illegally running ads bashing Qatar. The firm, Avenue Strategies Global, is a sister company to Avenue Strategies, the lobbying shop co-founded by Lewandowski and Barry Bennett, another former Trump campaign hand, after the election. Bennett has run both firms since Lewandowski stepped away in May. Qatar hired Avenue Strategies Global last month to represent the country in Washington on a contract worth $150,000 a month, part of a lobbying offensive in response to its diplomatic standoff with Saudi Arabia and its allies.

On Friday, Bennett sent a letter asking the Justice Department to investigate the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee, or SAPRAC, for running TV and digital ads attacking Qatar without registering as a foreign agent. The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires foreign governments and political parties, as well as groups acting on their behalf, to register with the Justice Department. In an interview, Bennett accused SAPRAC of “just totally flouting the law.” “We assume the money’s coming from Saudi Arabia,” he said – By DAVID BEAVERS and AUBREE ELIZA WEAVER

http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politico-influence/2017/08/21/avenue-calls-for-investigation-into-pro-saudi-group-221987

20.8.2017 – MbKS15 (A K P)

6 #RSAF F-15SAs in one shot! by: John G Waller

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/899409819987189760

More of the #RSAF F-15SAs pics over the Rainbow Canyon, #CA — by: Hidetaka Onami

https://twitter.com/MbKS15/status/899443367745957889

My comment: US-Saudi killer kinship.

cp10 Großbritannien / Great Britain

21.8.2017 – UK Defence Journal (* B K P)

Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen: Has the UK been too passive to hold Saudi Arabia to account?

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s personal comments on the Middle East and in particular Saudi Arabia, highlight the manner inconsistencies and contradictions in UK foreign policy towards the Middle East.

The Western media, including the UK media establishment does not seem to want to talk about conflict, but it has important political, and regional geopolitical contexts which impact on international relations. Moreover the UK and United States in particular are indirectly engaged in the conflict.

What is more concerning is that this act of violence is made possible by the military infrastructure supply chain.

In this case Saudi’s import of Britain and American made military technology.

The concern is that the bargaining power of the United Kingdom to hold Saudi Arabia into account, has largely been diminished as the commercial interests of our military industrial complex overrides our government’s moral judgements about how UK made munitions and military hardware potentially being used to kill civilians. Secondly, there is a lack of scrutiny between the UK’s government with the Saudi regime. As Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to create new economic relationships following the Brexit vote, one can predict that concerns over humanitarian concerns would not feature centrally in future trade deals. However, democratic states, such as the UK should hold Saudi Arabia into account over its military actions, and rather than being a one way relationship based on purely economic imperatives, this can actually change.

In terms of policy the British government could attempt to reset relations and add more of a two way relationship where scrutiny and holding the Saudi regime to account would feature more prominently. However, I am pessimistic. I predict that military and economic ties will override any attempt to hold Saudi Arabia to account. While the UK may not be consenting to the violence, we can observe that the UK is not willing or feel able due to its perceived national economic interest to challenge this behavior – by Oliver B. Steward

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/saudi-arabias-war-yemen-uk-passive-hold-saudi-arabia-account/

20.8.2017 – Mark Curtis (A K P)

UK govt backs UN's 'not a target' campaign while faciliating bombing of civilians in #Yemen. Must be fun working in the FCO's PR dept. (look at image)

https://twitter.com/markcurtis30/status/899193523777527808 referring to https://twitter.com/UKUN_NewYork/status/898572763040026624

cp11 Deutschland / Germany

20.8.2017 – Suhf Net (A P)

Suicide of a Yemeni student in Germany

A Yemeni student in Germany is suicidal today amid psychological conditions and pressures in the city of Berlin.

The sources said that the student's suicide was due to psychological pressure and most important not to renew his visa by the affairs of German foreigners as well as the cost of study and follow-up scholarship for years in the embassy and embassy.

In addition to the neglect of the government and the embassy's concerned parties to the Yemeni student abroad, who suffers from the foreign affairs and the government's condemnation of him.

https://www.suhf.net/yemen/280502 and https://twitter.com/AhmadAlgohbary/status/899773918516465664

cp12 Andere Länder / Other countries

21.8.2017 – Front News (A P)

Mogherini urged Guterres to respond to catastrophe in Yemen

EU High Representative for International Politics and Security, Federica Mogherini, wrote an open letter to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, calling for action on the humanitarian disaster in Yemen.

"I write to appeal for your immediate action in response to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Cholera has spread at an alarming rate, 14.5 million people are without access to safe drinking water. We have a small window to prevent the total collapse of public services and institutions.Your decisions can reverse the crisis," Mogherini wrote.

She also called for a ceasefire in the region, for a general exit to Yemen and for the removal of bureaucratic obstacles to the movement of humanitarian supplies.

https://frontnews.eu/news/en/11188/Mogherini-urged-Guterres-to-respond-to-catastrophe-in-Yemen

My comment: What a hypocrisy! These EU countries deliver arms to Saudi Arabia: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Bulgaria.

19.8.2017 – Le Devoir (A K P)

VENTE D’ARMES À L’ARABIE SAOUDITE: Un aveu incontournable

Le gouvernement canadien attendait une preuve pour envisager l’annulation du contrat de vente de véhicules militaires à l’Arabie saoudite. Il l’a obtenue cette semaine de nulle autre que l’ambassade saoudienne à Ottawa. Le Canada n’a plus d’excuses, il doit prendre acte des déclarations de Riyad et rompre tout contrat de vente d’armes avec ce régime – de Manon Cornellier

http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/506066/vente-d-armes-a-l-arabie-saoudite-un-aveu-incontournable

cp12a Katar-Krise / Qatar crisis

21.8.2017 – the Sun Daily (* A P)

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/08/21/qatar-denies-blocking-saudi-hajj-pilgrimage-flights

21.8.2017 – Middle East Eye (* A P)

Qatar blocks Saudi planes from transporting pilgrims: Report

Saudi Airlines says its planes are still not allowed to land in Doha despite asking for permission days ago

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/qatar-blocks-saudi-planes-transporting-pilgrims-news-agency-1832890243

21.8.2017 – AFP (A P)

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

http://www.france24.com/en/20170820-saudi-says-qatar-blocks-planes-transporting-pilgrims

cp13 Flüchtlinge / Refugees

20.8.2017 – Voice of America (* B H)

Smugglers Target Ethiopian, Somali Teens for Deadly Trip to Yemen

In separate incidents on August 8 and 9, smugglers forced about 300 people from their boats as they approached the coast of Shabwa, Yemen on the Arabian Sea. The migrants were from Ethiopia and Somalia.

Most of the people aboard were children.

The incidents off the coast of Shabwa illustrate the tactics smugglers use to protect themselves while jeopardizing migrants' lives.

Smugglers use false promises and intimidation to convince refugees and migrants, many of whom are children, to travel in dangerous, unpredictable circumstances. Then, smugglers load them on rickety vessels, often without lifejackets or adequate hydration.

Smugglers abuse migrants to maintain control and maximize profits. "People are being abused and raped en route so that their families will pay more...Some people are paying as little as $100 U.S., but then en route they are tortured, they are abused, their families are made aware of this and are forced to pay $1,000 or to $2,000 more," Headon said.

Despite disease, war and famine-like conditions, Yemen has become a popular layover for African migrants traveling to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. "When you ask them if they knew that there is war in this country, they say it is better to die traveling instead of sitting where we were," Guracha said.

Poverty, famine, conflict, disease and civil unrest force young people in Ethiopia and Somalia from their homes, sometimes at the request of their parents. These parents hope their children can escape, find employment, and send money back home. In other cases, young people's family members have died or been imprisoned, leaving little reason for them to remain in their homes – by Salem Solomon

https://www.voanews.com/a/smugglers-target-ethiopian-somali-teens-deadly-trip-to-yemen/3992991.html = http://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/smugglers-target-ethiopian-somali-teens-deadly-trip-yemen

18.8.2017 – UNCHR (* B H)

I have always felt I should be a humanitarian worker’

UNHCR has nearly 11,000 staff, of whom 87 per cent are based in the field. Meet Adem Shaqiri, a field officer who works in Yemen.

Name: Adem Shaqiri, 41, from The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Job title: Field Officer, Yemen, in charge of providing protection and aid to internally displaced people, or IDPs, in six governorates.

Most rewarding/challenging thing about your job?

Three months back, I went to Mokha. We were responding to IDPs who were literally living under the trees in the heat. You can see the faces of people when they receive assistance, even if it’s just a mattress and a sheet, because they literally did not have anything. But the challenge is that it’s never enough. The number of people in need is just too high. There are over two million people displaced. The most challenging part is that you can’t help all of them. When there are two families in need, you have to choose the one that is most vulnerable.

http://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2017/8/599172074/felt-humanitarian-worker.html

17.8.2017 – Medium (* B H)

Smuggled to Yemen, Dealing with Conflict

Every month, around 10,000 migrants enter Yemen. Their hope is to reach the Gulf countries but they often become targets of the conflict, never making it to their destinations.

Here are two of their stories.

The scenario has remarkably changed for Yemenis and migrants in the country. Fleeing death, leaving their houses and moving to safer areas, 3 million people are now displaced within the country.

Two and half years of conflict have also taken a toll on the country’s infrastructure. Public services hardly function. The Government does not have the resources to support them. The air and sea de facto embargo makes it difficult to import basic goods, such as food and fuel.

Yemenis, who were once helping migrants, are now struggling to deal with the effects of conflict.

And migrants are becoming caught up in a conflict more dangerous than they ever expected – by Olivia Headon, UN Migration Agency’s Information Officer for Emergencies

https://medium.com/@UNmigration/smuggled-to-yemen-dealing-with-the-consequences-of-conflict-cc574fd864e

cp14 Terrorismus / Terrorism

21.8.2017 – Critical Threats (A T)

ISIS Wilayat al Bayda crucified an al Houthi-Saleh commander near Laqah village, northwestern al Bayda governorate on August 21. The execution followed a reported al Houthi-Saleh attack near Laqah. [3]

https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-august-21-2017

17.–21.8.2017 – Elisabeth Kendall (* A T)

[with photos, documents]

Are #AQAP & #IslamicState aligning in #Yemen? Following yday's #AQAP claim of all-day battle vs Houthis in Qayfa, IS issues v similar claim (document)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/899670145962049537

It's not only #AQAP active in Qayfa #Yemen currently. #IslamicState just posted 10 photos of its battle vs Houthis in Liqah incl crucifixion (photos)

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/899668403471962113

1st in new audio series "UAE Infidel State" by pro-#AQAP wire: Sermon-like exposé of #UAE agenda in #Yemen. Frames UAE as UK client not USA

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/899554559839932416

Pro #AQAP wires are reporting that Hamza al-Shihri "an #alQaeda sheikh" was killed in yday's clashes with Houthis in Qayfa, al-Bayda'

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/899577848075362305

#AQAP claims "cooperation with Qayfa tribes" in fierce clashes on 5 fronts in al-Bayda' today, 25 Houthis killed & dozens injured

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/899321573273980928

#AQAP #Yemen is still careful to distance itself from acts targeting innocents: new statement yday denies any link to 15Aug bomb in Qa'tabah

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/899145170209435649

#AQAP claims 3 further ops vs Houthis in al-Bayda' #Yemen: 4 killed Thurs in al-Zahra; 1 by ambush Fri in Dhi Na'im; 1 today by IED in Qayfa

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/898886066127515652

#AQAP complements its statement condemning #UAE actions in #Yemen & warning Abyan tribes with new nashid "I'm determined", incl short #poem

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/898657541240094720

New #AQAP statement warns #Abyan tribesmen "our response will be harsh & painful" if they enlist with #UAE forces serving USA agenda

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/898531139207483393

New #AQAP #Yemen statement +photos of 4 Houthi captives: warns Houthis it will reciprocate if new execution order on captives is implemented

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/898515816953647104

#AQAP claims it destroyed military vehicle from 115 Brigade in noon ambush near Lawdar, Abyan #Yemen. Other sources called it a water truck

https://twitter.com/Dr_E_Kendall/status/898232047579406337

cp15 Propaganda

21.8.2017 – Yemen Embassy to the US (A P)

Speaking at an event at the #UN on #Yemen: "Partners for Sustainable Peace in Yemen" (photos)

https://twitter.com/YemenEmbassy_DC/status/899735376507658241

My comment: LOL.

21.8.2017 – AFP ( A P)

Iran 'part of the problem' in Yemen: top diplomat

Iran, accused of supporting Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, "is part of the problem, not the solution" when it comes to ending conflict in the war-torn nation, Yemen's top diplomat said Monday.

"Iran is the cause of the problem, Iran continues to support the Huthis, Iranian arms are smuggled. Iran is part of the problem, not the solution," Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi said when asked if Tehran could contribute to a political solution in Yemen.

He was speaking at UN headquarters after a major luncheon hosted by Yemen and Saudi Arabia with the majority of diplomatic missions to the United Nations.

"Iran has no role to play in the region," echoed the Saudi ambassador to the United Nations, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4810856/Iran-problem-Yemen-diplomat.html

and

21.8.2017 – AP (A P)

YEMEN BLAMES IRAN FOR WAR, SAYS IT CAN'T BE PART OF SOLUTION

Yemen's foreign minister blamed Iran and its support for Houthi Shiite rebels on Monday for causing the country's civil war and said it can't be part of the solution.

Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said at a press conference that Iranian weapons are still being smuggled into Yemen.

Saudi Arabia's U.N. ambassador, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, whose country supports Yemen's internationally recognized government, said Iran isn't a neighbor or part of the Arabian Peninsula and he had a more direct message: "Iran should get the hell out of the area, period." – BY EDITH M. LEDERER

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/UN_UNITED_NATIONS_YEMEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-21-18-00-53

My comment: “Yemen” here is just the Hadi government. – A new propaganda effort. It’s simply odd: Iran is labeled as “part of the problem” – then it definitely must be part of the solution. US and Saudi interference in any case is extremely more heavy than Iranian interference. – When the Saudi ambassador to the UN tells "Iran should get the hell out of the area, period." This evidently shows that Saudi Arabia simply wants to use the UN as a toll for winning in their regional rivalry with Iran. And evidently, the UN willingly is playing this role – as it is dragged also by the US, the Saudis’ greatest ally.

21.8.2017 – Al Arabiya (A P)

UAE minister: Yemen solution lies in preventing Iranian interference

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, has said that political agreement and adoption of a future state in Yemen depends on the will of the people and considered that any future decisions should not exclude anyone but that it cannot be based on the coup that took place in 2014.

Gargash also stressed in tweets posted on Monday that a political solution remains the priority in Yemen.

“The political path remains the basis of any solution in the Yemeni crisis, an agreement that brings together Yemenis, prevents Iranian intervention, and addresses the issues of terrorism, the future of the south and the nature of the government,” Gargash said.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/08/21/UAE-minister-Yemen-solution-lies-in-preventing-Iranian-interference.html

and

21.8.2017 – Saudi Gazette (A P)

Iran poses a threat to Yemen’s future: VP

Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen Saleh has described Iran as a "source of danger" and said it poses a threat to Yemen’s future.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/515585/World/Mena/Iran

My comment: While Saudi Arabia and the Emirates bombed the greatest part of Yemen into ruins, Iran which up to now had stayed backstage is labeled as a source of danger and threat for Yemen. Absurd.

21.8.2017 – The National UAE (A P)

UAE says cracks in Yemen rebel alliance represent chance to break deadlock

Cracks have emerged in the alliance between former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi rebels, with both accusing each other jeopardising their partnership

A fallout between Yemen's former president and the Houthi rebel leader represents the first chance to break the political deadlock in Yemen, Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said.

Dr Gargash said the political path remains the solution to the Yemen crisis. "An agreement that unites the Yemeni people and prevents Iranian influence while also remedying the terrorist situation and the future of the South,” he said – by Naser Al Wasmi

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uae-says-cracks-in-yemen-rebel-alliance-represent-chance-to-break-deadlock-1.621573

My comment: For the tensions within the Houthi-Saleh alliance, look at cp6. – What the Emirati minister tells here is rubbish. A Houthi-Saleh rift would not be the chance for a solution of the Yemen crisis but simply a chance for a Saudi/ UAE / Hadi victory. – it would make the same sense to describe the rifts within the Saudi coalition, in particular between the Saudis and the Emiratis, as a “first chance to break the political deadlock in Yemen”. All these rifts will create more tensions and bloodshed.

21.8.2017 – Gulf News (A H P)

Renovated chest hospital reopens in Yemen

Centre’s renovation and reopening is part of UAE’s ongoing support for Yemeni citizens

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/renovated-chest-hospital-reopens-in-yemen-1.2077393

My comment: Bombing, killing, injuring, destroying… and (compared to it) giving peanuts for presenting oneself as humanitarian benefactor.

cp16 Saudische Luftangriffe / Saudi air raids

20.8.2017 ff. – Legal Center )* A K PH)

The Violations and Crimes that are committed by#Saudi_Arabia and its alliance in #Yemen 19, 20 Aug 2017 (full lists):

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/880051875478512/?type=3

Eingebetteter Medieninhalt

https://www.facebook.com/lcrdye/photos/a.551858951631141.1073741828.551288185021551/880568498760183/?type=3

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression targets civilians' houses in Serwah, Marib province

The US-Saudi aggression coalition warplanes on Monday launched three airstrikes on the district of Serwah in Mareb province.
The hostile warplanes targeted the house of Mr. Saleh al-Masri in al-Mahjrah, injuring a baby girl and the destruction of the house, a local official said to Saba.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472447.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi warplanes hit Nehm district of Sanaa province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472372.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrikes hit Marib province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472373.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression warplanes destroy citizen's house in Jawf

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472383.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Aggression launches 2 air raids on capital Sanaa

The Saudi aggression warplanes launched two air raids on the capital Sanaa overnight, an official told Saba on Monday.
The raids targeted September 21 park

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472395.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi airstrike hits Hajja province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472396.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

US-Saudi aggression launches seven raids on Taiz province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472448.htm

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi drones wage 8 strikes on Taiz province

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472397.htm

cp17 Kriegsereignisse / Theater of War

21.8.2017 – Saba Net (A K PH)

Saudi-paid mercenaries' artillery shelled al-Hazm and al-Hamadam areas in the Qaramish district, Marib province.

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472373.htm

20.8.2017 – Southfront (A K)

YEMEN MAP UPDATE: PRO-SAUDI FORCES CONTINUE ATTEMPTS TO SEIZE KHALED MILITARY CAMP FROM HOUTHIS

n July, pro-Saudi forces launched a military campaign aimed at capturing the strategic Khaled military camp. Following a series of intense clashes with the Houthi-Saleh alliance, pro-Saudi led forces delcared that they allegedly entered the camp from the western direction and captured some positions inside it. However, no videos or photos confirming these claims were provided.

The Khaled military camp became a constant part of the Saudi military propaganda. Pro-Saudi sources had repeatedly claimed that the forces loyal to Saudi-backed President Mansur Hadi took control over the area.

Indeed, the camp remained constested despite an intense bombing campaign conducted by the Saudi-led coalition. The Houthi-Saleh alliance conducted a series of flanking attacks against Saudi-backed forces and kept the presence in the area.

Yemeni forces also repeatedly shelled the Yahatal al-Nar Mountain, the Saudi-led forces-held sites inside the camp and thearby area causing large casualties among their opponents.

https://southfront.org/yemen-map-update-pro-saudi-forces-continue-attempts-to-seize-khaled-military-camp-from-houthis/#undefined.gbpl.gbpl and https://www.facebook.com/LivingInYemenOnTheEdge/posts/1474092552643770

20.8.2017 – Almasdar Online (A K PS)

Taiz: mines factory explosion kills 6 Houthis, wound others

a three-storey residential building collapsed on the Houthi militants because of the intensive explosions of the mines in the southern side of Mohammed Ali Othman school eastern Taiz city, killing six of them and wounding others.

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93469

Pro-Houthi / Pro Saleh reports:

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472446.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472399.htm

www.sabanews.net/en/news472399.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472392.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472391.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472371.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472290.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472285.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472284.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472283.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472282.htm

http://www.sabanews.net/en/news472281.htm

Pro Hadi / Pro Saudi reports:

http://almasdaronline.com/article/93471

cp18 Sonstiges / Other

20.8.2017 – University of London

"Buildings That Fill My Eye" Architectural Heritage of Yemen (with photos)

Curated by Trevor H.J. Marchand, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, SOAS

Date: 13 July 2017Time: 10:30 AM

Finishes: 23 September 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Front Ground Floor Gallery

Type of Event: Exhibition

Yemen possesses one of the world’s finest treasure-troves of architecture. Three of its ancient cities – Shibam, Ṣanaa and Zabid – are UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, and a number of other towns and building complexes around the country await inclusion.

The exhibition and its planned public talks and educational events will explore the astonishing variety of building styles and traditions that have evolved over millennia in a region of diverse terrains, extreme climates and distinctive local histories. Generations of highly skilled masons, carpenters and craftspeople have deftly employed the materials-to-hand and indigenous technologies to create urban architectural assemblages, gardens and rural landscapes that dialogue harmoniously with the natural contours and conditions of southern Arabia. In turn, the place-making practices of Yemen’s builders have played a significant role in fostering tight-knit communities with a strong sense of pride and distinct cultural identities.

For further details visit http://www.mbifoundation.com/events.asp

Exhibition Catalogue:

Architectural Heritage of Yemen: ‘Buildings That Fill My Eye’,

Edited by Trevor H.J. Marchand. Published by Gingko Library, June 2017.

229 pages, Colour illustrated throughout.

https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/yemen/

8.2017 – Challenge 0523 on Pinterest

More than 1000 Yemen photos

https://www.pinterest.ie/challenge0523/jemen/?lp=true

8.2017 – Nouhaabdoulhay at Pinterest

316 best Yemen images on Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.ie/nouhaabdulhay/yemen/?lp=true

Vorige / Previous:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose/jemenkrieg-mosaik-336-yemen-war-mosaic-336

Jemenkrieg-Mosaik 1-336 / Yemen War Mosaic 1-336:

https://www.freitag.de/autoren/dklose oder / or

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm

Der saudische Luftkrieg im Bild / Saudi aerial war images:

(18 +, Nichts für Sensible!) / (18 +; Graphic!)

http://poorworld.net/YemenWar.htm und / and http://yemenwarcrimes.blogspot.de/

08:30 22.08.2017
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